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1 Major Reason Why PDP Delegates From The South May Reject Atiku As The Party's Flag Bearer

The biggest opposition party, PDP, have been devising strategies to use in their quest to defeat the ruling All Progressive Congress in the upcoming presidential elections. Many prospective candidates, who are eying the prestigious presidential Villa, have not yet come out to formerly declare their intentions. But, some politicians, like Atiku Abubakar, have not been conspicuous about his presidential ambitions. The former vice president unsuccessfully contested for the nation's top job in 2011 and 2019.

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As a strong advocate of developmental politics, Atiku Abubakar, has twice successfully convinced his political party delegates to endorse and vote him as their flag bearer. Atiku Abubakar clinched the PDP's ticket in October 2018, after defeating top heavyweights including Bukola Saraki and Kwankwaso, in a closely contested primary race in Portharcourt.

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Just like President Joe Biden of America who contested multiple times to become President, from all indications, Atiku the Adamawa state-born politician still have his eyes set on the highest executive office in Nigeria. But, unlike his previous attempts that saw him emerge as the PDP's flag bearer, Atiku may face stiff resistance from mostly southern PDP Delegates.

What may likely impede the presidential ambitions of Atiku in 2023.

Atiku Abubakar is a brilliant and tactical politician who have mastered the game of politics well. But the build-up to the coming elections in 2023 have given the game another hard twist. The gist about power rotation have been on the lips of many political actors, especially in the southern part of the country.

Image showing Delta state PDP Delegates during the Party's 2017 National Convention in Abuja

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The unwritten rule of rotational presidency in this country may affect Atiku's chances of clinching the support of delegates from southern states. Currently, many southern groups are championing the idea that power should shift to the south in 2023. Proponents of the power rotation policy are calling on the north to shift ground and allow the south to rule.

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Many politicians in PDP also believe that the north should endorse a southern candidate for elections. Atiku Abubakar is from the northern region, this fact alone might dissuade southern PDP delegates from endorsing him as their flag bearer.

It is quite sad that qualifications and competence is mostly substituted in favour of regional-based politics. But, if such an arrangement like the power rotation policy is not adopted, minority region may not participate in the governance process.

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