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OPINION: What PDP Did In 1999 That APC May Repeat In 2023 Which May Not Favour Bola Tinubu's Agenda

One thing that always remain paramount in the game of politics is history. This is to say that it is such that cannot be easily discarded. However, you will agree with me that the next general election in the country is expected to come up in the year 2023, and APC as the ruling party as at today will be trying everything within their reach in ensuring that PDP did not take power back from them like they tried to during 2019 election. Permit me to take you down memorially to the year 1999, as we all know that PDP balanced their ticket with a christian and muslim ticket. Their candidate for 1999 election was Olusegun Obasanjo who happens to be a christian candidate from the southern part of the country, and Atiku Abubakar as a northern candidate who is also a muslim. APC as at today may choose to repeat the same political formation as being speculated, so as to enhance their victory ahead 2023 general election which may not favour Bola Tinubu's agenda.

You will further recollect that Umaru Musa Yaradua was the candidate that served after Olusegun Obasanjo in the year 2007, and he balanced his ticket with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who happens to be a christian candidate from the south. This is to say that the reverse was the case in regards to PDP's calculation in the year 1999. The same process in terms of religion balance that brought Olusegun Obasanjo in as the president was repeated for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during his time for presidency in the year 2011, as it was Namadi Sambo that balanced his ticket as a muslim northern candidate. Furthermore, Muhammadu Buhari on the other hand, as a muslim from the north and as the incumbent president of Nigeria also balanced his ticket with Yemi Osinbajo who happens to be a christian from the southern part of the country during 2015 general election. 

Meanwhile, from reports gathered, it was speculated that APC are considering a christian candidate from the southern part of the country for presidency, and balance such with a muslim candidate from the northern part of the country in regards to 2023 election. You will further agree with me that the development is the same with the calculation of PDP in 1999 general election that brought Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar into the presidential office. It's quite logical that this calculation doesn't favour Bola Tinubu as one of the aspirants for presidency in APC ahead 2023 election. Hence, it is also such that will unveil the sportsmanship spirit of Bola Tinubu to us, so as to check whether he will agree to APC's slating or find his way to another party, if APC chooses to go with a christian candidate from the south ahead 2023 election.

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