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2023 Election: What Saraki, Mark, And Duke Could Do To Revive Their Political Careers

It is a popular saying that “soldier goes, and soldier comes, but barracks still remain”. This can be said to have become the case with politics in Nigeria and the world at large. While politicians come and go, politics has remained an integral part of societies across the world. In history, Nigeria has produced several accomplished politicians. While some were able to reach the top of their political career, and remained firm until death, some others lost relevance and gradually disappeared into thin air.

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Recently, we witnessed a sudden rise in the political careers of some politicians in the country, following the shocking victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2015 general elections. At the same time, the emergence of the APC, is gradually easing out some top politicians who many people had believed, could go on to become president of Nigeria before calling it quits from partisan politics. Arguably, many people in this category, are those in the opposition parties.

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With the 2023 general elections remaining less than two years from now, some of these politicians have begun to warm up to try their luck once again. However, having been eased out in the past, their chances of emerging victorious over the APC, could be very slim. Arguably, a defeat in 2023, could force some of these politicians into an early retirement from partisan politics. With this in mind, I am of the view that these 3 politicians who are obviously in this category, should consider joining the APC to revive their political careers.

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1. Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Bukola Saraki was Governor of Kwara state from 2003 to 2011. He won his first and second-term elections under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In 2011, he was elected as a Senator representing Kwara Central in the Senate under the same PDP. In 2014, Saraki joined several other members of the PDP to defect to the newly formed APC. He actualized his second bid to return to the Senate in 2015 under the APC, and eventually rose to the rank of President of the Senate.

In 2018, Bukola Saraki returned to the PDP. However, his bid to return to the Senate was unsuccessful, as he lost to the APC candidate, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe. With the 2023 general elections drawing closer, there have been rumours that the former President of the Senate has his eyes fixed on the PDP’s presidential ticket. However, his chances of victory are arguably slim.

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2. Senator David Mark

Senator David Mark was the Governor of Niger State between 1989 and 1990. In 1999, he was elected into the Senate to represent Benue South Senatorial District under the platform of the PDP. He rose to the rank of Senate President in 2007, and remained in that position until 2015. In 2019, when he left the seat to contest for President, He could not defeat Atiku Abubakar in the race for the PDP 2019 presidential ticket.

With the race for the PDP presidential ticket open for the North and South, the former President of the Senate is rumoured to have his eyes set on giving the Presidency another trial. However, his chances of achieving this under the party can be argued to be very slim.

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3. Donald Duke

A former Governor of Cross River (1999 – 2007), notable for his landmark achievements in the state. Donald Duke established the Tinapa Resorts, Obudu Ranch Mountain Race, Calabar Carnival, and also transformed Calabar into the cleanest city in Nigeria during his days in office. In 2007, Donald Duke declared his intentions to contest for President under the PDP, but had to step down for Umar Musa Yar’Adua. In 2018, the former Governor defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and contested the 2019 presidential election.

With the 2023 presidential election drawing closer, Donald Duke has reportedly launched a new party alongside former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, and some others (source: Vanguard Newspaper). However, his chances of actualizing his ambitions to rule the country someday, under the new party, are undoubtedly very slim. As such, it is my view that joining the APC could give him an edge considering his track record.

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