Fresh revelations have shown that the race to the Aso Rock presidential villa in the upcoming general elections in 2023 may be a lost hope for the people of the southern region of the country.
Amid the widespread agitations and the communique issued by the 17 southern governors, it appears the opposition PDP has subtly, shelved the plans of having a president of southern extraction.
This was revealed as a careful analysis of the candidates jostling to take over Prince Uche Secondus' job as the national chairman was made.
It was revealed that out of 6 candidates who have shown interest, 5 are from the south.
What this means is that the PDP is expected to field a candidate from the North since one region cannot have both the President and national chairman at once.
According to The Nation, the candidates who have shown interest are:
2, Former governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo
3, Former national secretary of the party and ex-governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola
4, Former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George,
5, Past deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd)
6, Former governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
The only northerner in the lot is Alhaji Dankwambo.
Recall a PDP chieftain, Chief Raymond Dokpesi had hinted some days ago that the North is yet to complete their tenure as President.
He had also opined that as far as the PDP is concerned, the only way they can win the 2023 presidential elections is by fielding a northerner.
While the APC is yet to make a statement on Zoning, it is apparent the PDP has taken the decision a notch higher as we can see in the regions being represented in its chairmanship elections.
It is also clear that the incumbent chairman, Uche Secondus who is from the south will not be eligible to contest again.
The question now is, will the 17 southern governors who signed the communique asking for a power shift support this move by the PDP?
It is important to note that the governors all signed the communique irrespective of party affiliation and that was a move aimed at influencing the parties to support the agitations of the region.
At the moment, the PDP is yet to issue a statement on zoning while the southern region is yet to present a formidable candidate for the 2023 presidency.
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