Barring any unforeseen development, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections would be from the South East extraction,Thepage can reveal.
While it was gathered that the choice of former Anambra governor, Peter Obi as the running mate to the party’s Presidential flag bearer in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar was carefully designed and. in line with this resolve, it has also been gathered that the party deliberately decided to pick its next Presidential candidate from the Eastern part of the country to demonstrate its reputation of a true national party aimed at giving every region a sense of belonging.
Sources within the PDP mentioned that the party still believes it will be in government before 2023 to conduct that year’s elections and has thus, resolved to end the frustration of the Igbos over their inability to get a go at the nation’s presidency, by presenting an Igbo presidential candidate.
” The PDP believes the outcome of the current presidential election tribunal will favour it and has resolved to at least for once make the Igbos feel they are Nigerians by handling them the barton in 2023″ an Ibadan based leader of the party told Thepage.
It was also gathered that seeding the Presidential slot to the East will make the North get the Vice Presidential slot while the Speaker of the Senate goes to the Southwest.
Speaking in the same vein on a Lagos radio station, Classic FM on Sunday, a PDP Chieftain, Chief Olabode George said there is no reason doubting the resolve of the party from picking its candidate from the Eastern part of the country.
He said its a concluded matter for the party adding, that there is no development on ground so far, that could make the resolve change.
Meanwhile, former Senator representing Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, Comrade Shehu Sani, has hinted that it is only natural to allow for an Igbo President in 2023 because the north has had its fair share of controlling power more than any other region in the over 50 years of nationhood.
Shehu Sani’s warning may not be unconnected with recent media reports credited to the Chairman of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Mallam Shettima Yerima who is insisting that the north will still produce the nation’s President in 2023.
Excluding any part of Nigeria in the scheme of things for whatsoever reasons, he argued, amounts to simply fueling the already tensed situation and igniting anarchy which, if fully set, will spare no one, including those in the position of authority.
Comrade Sani in an interview after delivering a keynote address at a one-day youth awareness forum, “Niger Open Forum” organised by The Blue Revolutionaries (TBR) over the weekend, warned of dire consequences of blacklisting any part of the country.
”Appointments into key positions, every region must be carried along. Doing anything, on the contrary, means simply feeding the anarchy, feeding secessionists, feeding the merchant of crisis in this country”.
President Buhari, he said must give a sense of belonging to every segment of the country, insisting that, “If you exclude the Eastern or the South-South part of the country, or even the north-central part of Nigeria because they didn’t vote for you, you are simply feeding the anarchy, feeding the secessionists, feeding the merchant of crisis in this country”.
“It is expected that when you win elections under any party platform, you are for everybody. We have a pattern in this country where people are excluded and marginalised out of government on the basis that their ethnic or religious group did not vote for the government in power, that is very dangerous”.
Shehu Sani argued that “After elections you need a country to rule and you cannot rule one part and abandon the others. So, that is my view”.
He also warned that it would amount to laying land mines any attempt to deny the South the Presidency in 2023, saying the north has had its fair share under President Mohammadu Buhari.
“My position is that the north has had its own fair share of leadership under President Mohammadu Buhari. Anybody who is saying power should remain in the north even after Buhari is simply laying a land mine for Nigeria’s destruction”.
Although it is ‘too premature” to start talking about who succeeds President Buhari in 2023, Shehu Sani reminded those championing continued holding onto power by any northern candidate after the current dispensation that what keeps a nation together is equity, fairness and justice for all.
“There is the need for us to understand that it is not simply about winning elections that keeps a nation, it is about being able to stabilize and balance all the forces that make us as a people” he said.
2023: Tinubu’s Loses Support As Senate President Wants Youthful Leadership After Buhari
Senate President Ahmad Lawan may have joined the forces within and outside of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the ambition of the party’s leader, Bola Tinubu to succeed President Mohammadu Buhari, as he canvases for a post Buhari youthful leadership in the party.
According to the Senate President, the APC must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring its leaders hand over power to competent youths.
ThePageNews recalls that while President Buhari is believed to have been inactive as a result of ill health occasioned by old age, the only known person in the APC, to be nursing the aspiration to succeed Buhari for now, is Tinubu who will be over 70 years by next presidential election.
In a statement by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo, on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Lawan said the party ”must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring its leaders hand over power to competent youths in the All Progressives Congress.”
Lawan who posited that the APC may face challenges after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2023, noted that by handling the affairs of the party to the youths, the party would be able to retain its appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections.
He said: “Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC.
“[And] when he leaves, he would still have some roles but I dare say that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.
“Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.
“So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.
“That means we have to see ourselves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.”
The Senate President added: “Our tribe or even ethnic group, our religious persuasion should not matter when it comes to uniting this country.
“[And] as APC, the onus is on us to provide security and an economy that will bring growth and development to give people the kind of life that is meaningful.
“We can ask others to join us but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck.” the statement read in part.
Ondo PDP Raises Alarm Over Jegede/Aketi Appeal Court Judgement Papers
The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm, over what it described as antics to deny it certified copies of Wednesday’s judgement, to enable it approach the Supreme court in approved time.
TheAdo-Ekiti sitting in Akure, delivered judgement on the Appeal filed by PDP and Eyitayo Jegede, SAN against Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021. The five-man panel of Honourable Justices read their judgements one after the other.
In a statement issued in the Ondo State capital on Thursday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei
State Publicity Secretary,
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter said it is surprised that, its application to the Office of the Registrars, Court of Appeal to get Certified True Copies of the Judgement has been met with some kind of bulk passing between officials of the Court in Ado-Ekiti and Akure.
In view of the fact that, the Supreme Court has only sixty days from the date of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, to dispose of this matter, the party warned that any attempt to play games or to apply delay tactics will amount to nothing but sabotage and a calculated attempt to subvert the course of justice.
”Our party hopes that the Registrars of the court will discharge his duties timeously as required by law” the statement concluded.
Aliyu Babangida Is A Sinking Ship And Should Not Drag Governor Wike Into His Predicaments.
We the People’s Democratic Party North Central Support Group Alliance Forum wishes to condemn the recent comment made by the battered former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu over our highly revered governor of River State, Governor Nyesom Wike.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have dignified him with a response, following the response of the party in the state, dissociating itself from such careless and reckless statement. But to make our position clear, setting the record straight and making our voices heard on the matter, we make this salient and sincere response for the records.
It is no longer news that the frustrated former governor, who is looking for who to transfer his frustration and aggression to in other to gain cheap fame, worked against our party, during the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and never denied the same.
For the unpopular former governor to have referred to Governor Wike as a dictator, it shows how lowly he reasons; this may have caused his level of inferiority complex since he can not match up with the capacity and track records of His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, governor of River State.
Recalled that the battered former governor Babangida Aliyu’s selfish ambition to bury a party he killed in the state has stalled the democratic congress in his state simply because he insisted that he will unilaterally handpick party excos against the popular wishes of party members in the state.
We do not have any doubt, however, that his ordained and handpicked excos will help him bury the party in the state come 2023 as we are very sure that in his characteristic manner, he will play his usual anti-party game.
Former governor Babangida Aliyu, who has been accused of diverting ecological funds of the Federal Government, released to Niger State in 2014, to the tune of about N1.940 billion should be more bothered about facing his criminal charges of eight-count money laundering charges.
We will advise that the jobless and out of favour former governor should stop holding onto straws by looking for cheap popularity and sympathy by attacking Governor Nyesom Wike. Instead, he should come out boldly to request help from Nyesome Wike the people’s governor.
As it is now, our dear party needs more unity and peace rather than utterances that can divide the party if truly we are serious about salvaging our dear nation from the present clueless government come 2023.
We are calling and encouraging the leadership of our great party to disregard unserious entities, spurious and disaffection statements and entreaties, their pranks of supporting the NWC, while they are intentionally putting the party apart will never see the light of the day. Aliyu Babangida played this sinister script in 2015, he is at it again against the run-up of 2023.
PDP North Central Support Group Alliance Forum
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