The contest for the presidential ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have, logically, taken shape as the opposition party takes strategic decision on the zoning arrangement of the party's national chairmanship.
It could be recalled that some leaders and members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have decided to zone the position of the national chairman of the party to the north.
Considering the prominent democratic tradition in Nigeria, if the national chairman of a political party emerges from the North, the presidential candidate of the same party, usually, emerge from the South.
Sincerely, if this democratic principle is respected by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 General Elections, there is proximity of stopping about four prominent northern members of the opposition party from contesting the 2023 presidential election, under the platform of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
One, former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, could be considered as one of the potential northern members of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose presidential ambition may have been ended with the zoning of PDP national chairmanship position to the North.
Photo: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, culled from the Tableshakers
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a prominent northern politician who has all it may require to give the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a good run, in the 2023 presidential contest. However, the decision of the party to zone her national chairmanship position to the north might have ended the hope of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to contest the 2023 presidential election, under the platform of the opposition party, PDP.
Secondly, former Governor of Kano State, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, could be considered as another northern member of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, whose aspiration to contest for the 2023 presidential seat of Nigeria might have hit deadlock.
Photo: Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, culled from the Vanguard
Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is another prominent northern member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who could, probably, be considered as a viable presidential candidate who may maximise the chances of the opposition party at the poll. However, the decision of the PDP National Executive Committee to zone the national chairmanship position of the party to the north might have, definitely, blocked his chance to pick the presidential ticket of the party in 2023.
Thirdly, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Wasiri Tambuwal's projected presidential aspiration may have been, strategically, stopped as the opposition party favored the north with the national chairmanship position of the party.
Photo: Aminu Wasiri Tambuwal, culled from the Punch
Governor Aminu Wasiri Tambuwal could be considered as a young, vibrant and agile politician whose youthful energy may be considered, needed, for the presidential tasks of Nigeria. However, his projected presidential aspiration may need to be, logically, queued under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party because of the party's decision to zone her national chairman to the north.
Fourth, former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, may be considered as one of the northern politicians who is a potential presidential candidate whose chances to wrestle for the presidential ticket of PDP in 2023 might have been affected.
Photo: Bukola Saraki, culled from the Nation
The decision of the PDP's National Executive Committee (NEC) to zone the chairmanship position of the party to North may have, sincerely, ended the proximity of Senator Bukola Saraki to emerge as the presidential candidate of PDP in 2023.
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