A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said no southern candidate can’ t win the 2023 presidential election for his party.
Dokpesi made this assertion in an interview p ublished by Daily Trust on Saturday, October 9.
Asked if he was not supporting the call for the PDP to present a candidate from the southeast in 2023, he said:
” There is no candidate from the southeast, even I dare say there is no candidate from the south that you put in the north today that will be able to win. It is going to be a humongous challenge. ”
Though he said no candidate from the southeast can win in 2023, Dokpesi said the region deserves the slot if the presidency is zoned to the southern region.
The politician added that whoever emerges as the president of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the southeast.
Dokpesi, however, said the PDP should seek its candidate for 2023 from the northern region.
The PDP chieftain said he offered former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Nigerians, adding that he has all it takes to emerge Nigeria’ s president in 2023.
He said: ” I stand firm to state that Atiku Abubakar is the candidate to beat in 2023. He is competent, he is a liberal northerner, who is ready to sacrifice. ”
Earlier, the PDP Chieftain said that his party has a good chance of sacking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
Premium Times reports that the PDP would win the next general election if it fields a candidate from the northern part of the country in 2023.
Dokpesi, in an interview with Daily Independent, said PDP members who are canvassing zoning of the presidential ticket to the south are only doing so because they want to copy the APC.
Dokpesi said there is no way his party can win the 2023 presidential election if it presents a candidate from the southern part of the country.
The PDP chieftain added that former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the southwest did eight years; Goodluck Jonathan from the south- south also did six years, saying that the situation made it a total of 14 years.
He alleged that if in 2019, former vice president Atiku Abubakar had not been rigged out of that election, he would have come back in 2023 to say that he wants to do a second term.
Dokpesi said while he believes that it is fair that the southeast should produce the president as it is the only southern zone not to have done so since 1999, the southeast cannot win if it gets the presidential ticket at this time.
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos state has fully declared his support for the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as Nigeria’ s president in 2023.
The Lagos state governor registered his support when he spoke at the launch of the Southwest Agenda 2023 (SWAGA ‘ 23), a campaign group championing the candidacy of Tinubu for the 2023 presidency, on Thursday, October 7, The Cable reported.
Sanwo- Olu described the APC chieftain as a rallying figure and a beacon of hope for progressive leadership in Nigeria, a brief statement on his Facebook page also indicated.
He said Tinubu’ s ” extraordinary qualities” set him apart from his contemporaries in the Nigerian politics.
The governor commended the reforms Tinubu carried out in Lagos during his tenure as governor, saying his legacy is what ” We are building on” .
Sanwo- Olu said SWAGA is a movement that represents the philosophy Tinubu stands for, noting that the agenda of the group, which is for Tinubu to emerge as Nigeria’ s president in 2023, will be ” brought to a logical end” .