Bola Tinubu may find it totally impossible or relatively difficult to defeat at least two powerful Igbo Senators if they face each other in the forthcoming general elections. The national leader of the APC may struggle to win the election if he competes with any of the two senators who will be discussed in this article.
The southern governors have obviously made it easy for Bola Tinubu to compete for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The demand of the southern governors would stop northern politicians from putting their hats into the ring to pick up the ticket of the APC. Hence, Tinubu would need to face southern opposition. And there are two senators he won't be able to defeat the lawmakers.
Even though the APC isn't really popular in the southeastern zon, the party can still boast of a handful of senators who can show interest in the ticket of the party for the presidential election. No matter what happens, it would be difficult for Tinubu to stop Mr. Rochas Okorocha, who is a former governor of Imo State. Okorocha would constitute a serious opposition against the Tinubu.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo has been calling for an Igbo politician to be elected as the president of the country. The sociocultural group believes that if an Igbo politician becomes the president of the country, most of the agitation in the southeast would stop. And the group would be ready to back their sons. Then, Okorocha may likely get the support of Igbo people.
Mr. Okorocha has not made any concrete comment about the 2023 presidency, but if he intends to participate as an aspirant in the APC, he won't find it difficult at all to defeat Bola Tinubu. They have not faced each other in any competitive election. But if it happens that they will both contest for the ticket of the APC, Tinubu may not defeat Okorocha.
The PDP is far more popular in the southeast and there are many senators who can become the candidate of the party. If the PDP zones its ticket to the Igbo land, there is high probability that one of the senators would be elected or selected as the candidate of the party.
Mr. Ike Ekweremadu would be too strong for Tinubu to beat. The powerful and vibrant senator is revered in the southeast and in the country as a whole. He has been in the House of Senate for several years to the extent that he became the deputy president of the upper chamber of the National Assembly. That privilege made him to become a political icon in the country.
The former deputy senate president would enjoy the massive and unprecedented support of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Ekweremadu didn't have any issue with the former president and they can both work together to make Ike Ekweremadu win if the APC presents Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Even Mr. Ekweremadu can rest assured of support of other leaders including former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Though it is somehow unimaginable for Tinubu to meet any of the two senators while working to fulfill his ambition, he may not be able to defeat the two senators from Igbo land.
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