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[Opinion] Why The PDP Should Avoid Zoning Ahead Of The 2023 General Elections

Since losing the 2015 general and Presidential elections to the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has remained the opposition party in the country for almost 6 years and with 2023 drawing closer, they would want to reclaim power from the APC.

Image: PDP members during a campaign in 2019 (Image credit- Daily Times)

But would the APC relinquish power to the PDP just like that? Much more, Nigeria practices multiparty system which means that there would be several political parties apart from the APC with the intention of winning the 2023 elections.

There have been talks about the intention of the Peoples Democratic Party to zone their presidency to the South. While this may quieten down agitations from certain quarters, it might end up as a move that might scatter the internal democracy of the party.

PDP as a party is at a point where it is rebuilding and it needs everyone. If the PDP seriously wants to reclaim power, then it should allow everyone to contest for it's party ticket irrespective of where they come from, this would ensure that everyone is giving a sense of belonging in the party.

Apart from avoiding zoning of its presidential ticket, the PDP should also set up a Reconciliation Committee and bring aggrieved party members back to the party.

Between 2019 and now, many stakeholders in the PDP have decamped to opposition parties and even more may decide to decamp before 2023. The PDP at this stage cannot afford to continue losing it's strong members to opposition parties.

The party therefore needs to set up a reconciliatory committee which will be saddled with the responsibility of bringing everyone together and settling their differences.

2023 will be filled with intrigues, drama and political twists, if the PDP puts its house in order early enough, it might stand a chance to win the 2023 presidential elections.

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