The PDP seems to have shifted its attention from south to north. Originally, the party said that the southwest region would produce the newest chairman of the party only to just reverse its decision. Meanwhile, two top politicians may still want the national chairman of the party to emerge from southern Nigeria.
The meeting of the PDP governors appeared to be the point at which the PDP would change its decision. The governors concluded that there should be a swap of offices between north and south based on the recommendation of a committee set up for that purpose.
But Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State wouldn't prefer the decision of the PDP governors as he would not be comfortable with the change in the paradigm of the decision of the party. Of course, he understands the implication of things.
Definitely, the former state governor, who returned to the party last year, knows that he is too old to pick up the PDP ticket for the presidential election. He will have to go for a post that is easily attained. And that is the national chairman of the party. He will be getting the support of Mr. Taofeek Arapaja, Seyi Makinde and others.
Likewise, Mr. Peter Obi won't want the party leaders to choose the chairman from north. If the PDP goes on with the plan, Mr. Obi may lose whatever ambition or opportunity he has ahead of 2023. Mr. Peter Obi may not be a able to get the ticket of the party for the vice presidential slot again.
He ran along with Mr. Atiku Abubakar in 2019 as the vice presidential candidate of the former vice president of the country. And Peter Obi will be looking forward to retaining the ticket for the next poll. Even there is a very high probability that the party would pick Atiku Abubakar again.
But if the northern region has the national chairman, it won't have the presidential ticket. The ticket would go to southern region and the region (south) can't have both the presidential and vice presidential. It therefore means that the northern region would pick both the national chairman and vice presidential slot.
Mr. Obi wouldn't have to worry much about the matter. He could have jostled for the top job and be the flag bearer of the People's Democratic Party. But the problem on ground is that the PDP won't risk choosing an Igbo politician as the presidential candidate. The issue of IPOB would deter the party from taking a look at the Igbo politicians.
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