Following the report that the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the Southern region of the country after its Governors voted in favour of the North to produce the next chairman of the party; politicians from the South-South may come ahead of the Southeast and the Southwest in the pecking order if this zoning arrangement is ratified by the party.
Nyesome Wike. Credit: Thisday.
The reason for this is because of the strong political structure the PDP has in the South-South compared to the Southeast and the Southwest. Apart from the fact that five of the six Governors in the South-South region are members of the PDP, compared to the Southeast, two and the Southwest, one; the five Governors of the South-South also make up nearly half of the entire Governors the PDP currently boasts of. This numerical advantage will definitely help South-South politicians who have ambition to run for president in 2023 if the presidential ticket is micro-zoned to the South.
Apart from the numerical advantage South-South Governors has over the other two Southern regions, the role Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike has been playing to make PDP formidable ahead of the next general elections cannot be compared to the roles PDP governors from the Southeast and Southwest are playing in the party.
Peter Obi. Credit: Vanguard.
Wike, virtually secured second term in office by himself despite the onslaught from Rotimi Amaechi and the federal government to unseat him in 2019. He was also instrumental in the PDP winning the Edo governorship election in 2020.
Recall also that Governor Wike was among the party leaders who played critical role in the removal of erstwhile national chairman, Uche Secondus, from his post because he believes the PDP under Secondus cannot defeat the APC at the presidential election in 2023.
Ayo Fayose. Credit: Punch.
Though He has not formally declared his intention to run for president, his strong influence and the role he has been playing to reposition the party could give him an edge over notable presidential hopefuls like Peter Obi and Ayo Fayose from the Southeast and the Southwest respectively.
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