Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’ s ambitions to run for president in 2023 could fail with the PDP’ s demarcation of national presidency. The PDP has agreed to demarcate the national presidency to the northern part of the country. On Thursday, the PDP’ s National Working Committee (NEC) approved demarcating the party’ s next national president to the north. The PDP’ s NEC reviewed and endorsed the report of the Zoning Committee led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ahead of the party’ s national meeting scheduled for Oct. 30.
Democratic Party Secretary- General Kola Ologbondiyan revealed the matter while addressing journalists about the outcome of the NEC held in Abuja. Conjectures in certain quarters suggest that with the zoning of the National Presidency to the North, the PDP’ s 2023 presidential candidate will emerge from the South of the country. Commenting on the issue, a political activist, said the agreement should be a driving force behind the South to win the presidency. However, the activist, who wished to remain anonymous, noted that things could change with North Korea’ s current call to take power in 2023.
He told DAILY POST: ” It is reasonable and fair that the PDP presidential candidate should come from the South because they partition the National Presidency in the North. ” At a time like this when the unity of Nigeria is threatened with some areas deemed socially marginalized, a PDP Southern presidential candidate will have to go a long way to quell some of this agitation.
” Regardless, the party can still give its ticket to the North; in politics, anything can happen. ” The southern part of Nigeria may eventually produce the PDP presidential ticket, and the North will produce the party’ s national leadership. ” However, Anthony Ehilebo, PDP director for New Media, noted that the PDP zoning of its national presidency north did not mean that the Southerner would emerge as the party’ s presidential candidate. However, in an interview with DAILY POST, Ehilebo confirmed that Atiku is a viable candidate. He stressed that when it comes to who will become a candidate for President of the PDP, anything can still happen.
” Atiku, who carried the PDP flag in the 2015 presidential election and lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, is widely believed to have an ambition to run for the country’ s highest political office in 2023. Prior to the party’ s last meeting, Atiku’ s campaign posters were seen in some states, although he had not officially announced his intention to run for president in 2023. ” No, you know that politics is a dynamic game and it all depends on factors that influence at that particular time, such as the mood of the nation and the feelings of the leaders. Therefore, we cannot say that zoning to the north can change the political equation.
There was a time when we had President Yar’ Adua and Amodu Ali as our national president. Amud Ali was from the North Central while the President was from the Northwest, and it wasn’ t a big deal.