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3 Things Wike And PDP Governors May Do That Can Help PDP Win Anambra Election Ahead Of 2023

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is aiming to bounce back to power in 2023 by winning the presidential election.

However, wishes are not realities. If wishes were realities, then beggars would ride horses as the popular wise saying has it. Wishes can only come to pass if hard work is put in to make them come true. In this regard, the PDP has a lot of work to do and the coming Anambra governorship election offers the party a good opportunity to increase it chances of victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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As things stand now, PDP Governors Forum and key influential people such as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and some other top politicians are the main pillars PDP has since it still battles with leadership crisis. Its embattled National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, is still on suspension with Elder Yemi Akinwonmi acting as the head of the party. But, Wike and PDP Governors have been making key decisions and influencing a lot of things in the party including backing the removal of Secondus. So, the onus to help PDP win Anambra State lies on Wike and his colleague PDP Governors especially as some of them are nursing presidential ambition in 2023.

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In what three ways can they help PDP to win Anambra?

One, Wike and his colleagues need to do aggressive mobilization for PDP candidate in Anambra, Valentine Ozigbo. It would be recalled that Wike led this kind of move in Edo State to help Godwin Obaseki win second term bid when it seemed like all odds were against him in the race in 2020. Other PDP Governors and leaders hit Edo and joined to work for Obaseki. Edo people felt their presence and the kind of vigorous mobilization they did for Obaseki. They mobilized many forces for him and sold his candidacy well. At the end, PDP won. This is the kind of aggressive mobilization Wike and PDP Governors need to do in Anambra for Ozigbo ahead of the election.

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Two, they need to do grassroots campaign for PDP using an effective strategy. Just like the ruling party in Anambra, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the PDP believes in targeting the real voters. That was the strategy that helped PDP win Edo unlike the All Progressives Congress, APC that believes in using defection strategy. Wike, PDP Governors and other leaders of PDP need to be very present in Anambra to do the kind of ward to ward and home to home campaign for Ozigbo the same way they did for it Obaseki in Edo. This strategy involves going to real votes with voters cards and winning them over. Anambrarians need to feel the presence of PDP campaign team like it was felt in Edo then.

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Finally, the PDP Governors need to back Ozigbo with the needed resources. This is part of what the party does to help a candidate win an election. It is party politics. It means that the party sponsors its candidate. Obaseki was a sitting Governor who controls Edo's resources. Ozigbo may be rich but he cannot match a sitting Governor. PDP as a party needs to back him. Wike and other PDP Governors need to massively back him in this regard if they really want to capture Anambra to boost PDP's chances in 2023 presidential election. After all, South East used to be the stronghold of PDP until recently.

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