Heading toward the much-anticipated 2023 presidential election, both the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) have some big names that could end up being contestants for the position of president of the federation.
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However, despite all appearances, next to none of them have openly declared their intention to clinch the presidential ticket of their respective parties. It is for this reason that this article will be looking at statements made by other party members, which indicate who their prospective candidates could be.
On the part of the PDP, there have lately been some strong indications of Atiku and Saraki's will to contest for president come 2023. Apart from their reactions to the initial consideration of fellow northerner, David Mark, for the party's post of National Chairman - which threatened their chances of getting the presidential ticket at the time - there has also been a statement by a party member that seemingly confirms their ambition.
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Anthony Ehilebo, the PDP's Director of New Media, during an interview recently described both Atiku and Saraki as viable presidential candidates. He also revealed that the two northerners have been quietly working on plans to get nominated as the party's flag bearer for some time now.
On the part of the APC, former Lagos state governor and party chieftain, Bola Tinubu and the incumbent Vice-president, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, are two individuals who people suspect could be vying for the presidency.
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On Tinubu's part, though he is yet to declare his intention, there have been several indications of his presidential interest, including being called "Mr President" by a lawmaker while in London. Osibanjo has also not expressed his desire to run for president, but there are rumours that he has been tipped to take over from President Buhari come 2023.
Be that as it may, a member of the party recently made a statement that appears to confirm Tinubu and Osibanjo's candidacy for the position of president. Speaking on the impossibility of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to become APC's flag bearer, Otumba Adebayo, the party's Chairman of the Advisory Council, argued that there is already a queue comprising the two prominent southerners.
In conclusion, if the words of these PDP and APC party members are to be believed, it stands to reason that one among Tinubu, Atiku, Osibanjo or Saraki could emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
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