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.