As Nigeria prepares for the next presidential election that is barely some months away, there has been serious debate in some quarters based on who becomes the next President of Nigeria when the Buhari APC led administration expires in 2023 and other key positions at the Federal level of government. In regard to the foregoing, so many people across the country are looking for suitable candidates and younger politicians to take charge of Nigeria's affairs.
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However, it is common knowledge that despite the numerous political parties in the country, the ruling APC and PDP are more pronounced and popular among Nigerians. This could be a reason the aforementioned political parties are already consulting and working out modalities for the next presidential election either to retain power for another four years or take over power again (in the case of PDP).
Bases on the recent political permutations, it has been speculated that Ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is mulling defection to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. Although he is yet to make his intentions known in that regard and if he has any interest in re-contesting the presidential election in 2023 to complete his remaining four years as Nigeria's President. However, if he decides to contest the presidential election, APC may be willing to grant him its ticket for the position since there has been clamour by major stakeholders for the Southern region to produce the next President of Nigeria.
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At the same time, his party, PDP, may also grant him its ticket if he decides to stay back in the party to contest the presidential election. But from all indications, the party ticket for the presidency may not be zoned to the Southern region based on the fact that the party is looking for a candidate that would win the election and take the party back to the Aso Rock Villa, and that could be why the Presidency has been thrown open as recommended by some stakeholders in the party. Be that as it may, Goodluck is fit to contest the presidential election, and that position is ideal for someone like him who has been in the corridors of power for the past few years.
From the foregoing, it is arguable to say that Jonathan is younger and energetic. Among other criteria of who should make it as the next President of Nigeria, age is one of the factors that favours the former President. He is still in his 60s. In that regard, Jonathan, having served as Nigeria's President before, would make a better President.
On the other hand, the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, are also politicians that should be rooted for in the next general election. In that regard, there are political positions that they could occupy that would enable them to continue to serve the country with their youthful vigour. It is arguably true that Wike may be nursing ambition for the coming elections, he is yet to declare his intention.
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However, Wike as a man that wants the good of this country should be encouraged and supported to be a running mate to a Northern Presidential candidate of PDP in the coming elections. That is if the zoning arrangement of the party or the open contest for the party's Presidency favours a Northern candidate. As a matter of fact, Wike is good to go as Nigeria's Vice President in 2023. Again, he can also fit in perfectly as a Senator after his tenure as Rivers State governor.
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In the case of governor Udom Emmanuel, he has done very well as a governor following the footprints of his predecessor, former governor Godswill Obot Akpabio, who is now the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs. The one key position that he can occupy to continue serving Nigeria, and the people of Akwa Ibom State, is the position of a Senator. Udom is young and intelligent enough to contribute meaningfully to the National Assembly in regard to making laws that would be favourable and friendly to citizens, foreigners and investors in the country.
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Having said that, it should be noted there is no automatic ticket for any of the aforementioned individuals in any of the political parties mentioned in this article. At the end of the day, it is the party that would decide who would represent it at the next election. Also, Nigerians who are eligible voters would decide on who to vote for and who should represent them at all levels of government.
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