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Why Ohanaeze & Southeast Govs should start negotiating for Vice President's position

The 2023 presidential election is less than two years in Nigeria, different zones have been agitating to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.

Southeast is one of the zones that have been agitating for the 2023 presidency. The zone wants to be given the chance to produce the president of Nigeria for the first time after the return of democracy in 1999.

The agitation for the southeast presidency became louder with the efforts of Southeast Governors and the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

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As part of the agitation for Southeast presidency, the Southeast Governors recently called on the political parties in the country to pick their presidential candidates from the zone for the people of Southeast to be able to produce the next President.

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However, available indicators have shown that the agitation for Southeast presidency in 2023 may not be possible. Ohanaeze and Southeast Governors need to start negotiating for the position of Vice President of the country in order not to lose the two positions.

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Recall that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decided to throw its presidential ticket open during the last NEC meeting. This means that PDP will not be zoning its ticket to the southeast to allow the zone to produce its presidential candidate.

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There are strong indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC may also throw its presidential ticket open for every aspirant to contest.

Another indication that the Southeast may not produce the presidential candidates of the two main political parties is the recent adoption of direct primaries by the Nigerian Senate.

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The Senate on Tuesday adopted direct primaries for all political parties in the country. This means that registered members of the political parties will now elect political candidates instead of the use of delegates.

For presidential primaries, registered members of the political parties will cast their votes in all the wards across the country to elect their presidential candidates. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign the bill into law before the next general elections.

This new development may likely make it difficult for the southeast to produce the presidential candidates of the two main political parties in the country because of the population from other zones.

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Southeast has five states, it would be difficult to win the presidential tickets of APC and PDP with the adoption of direct primaries.

This is why it would be wise for the Southeast Governors and Ohanaeze to start negotiating for the position of Vice President ahead of the 2023 presidential race.

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