Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Saturday in Makurdi expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was waxing stronger and would win overwhelmingly at the 2023 general elections.
The Benue state governor told newsmen that the PDP was better positioned now and was ready to wrestle power from the ruling APC .
He said: “PDP as a party made mistakes in the past and has learnt a lot of lessons from its mistakes and it is fully prepared to take over the leadership of the country from the APC.
The governor added that nobody should deceived that PDP is Polarized, adding that the party is working together as a team.
Ortom said:"We met and agreed that the positions which are currently in the North should go to the South, while those in the South should go to the North.“This is the resolution of the Zoning Committee and it is graciously accepted at the national level.
“Nobody has begrudged the decision. It is widely accepted by all PDP members,’’.
Speaking on his senatorial ambition, the Benue state governor said that he was yet to decide whether he would be contesting Senatorial election in 2023.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has said no southern candidate can’t win the 2023 presidential election for his party.
Dokpesi made this assertion in an interview p ublished by Daily Trust on Saturday, October 9.
Asked if he was not supporting the call for the PDP to present a candidate from the southeast in 2023, he said:
"There is no candidate from the southeast, even I dare say there is no candidate from the south that you put in the north today that will be able to win. It is going to be a humongous challenge."
Though he said no candidate from the southeast can win in 2023, Dokpesi said the region deserves the slot if the presidency is zoned to the southern region.
The politician added that whoever emerges as the president of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the southeast.
Dokpesi, however, said the PDP should seek its candidate for 2023 from the northern region.
The PDP chieftain said he offered former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Nigerians, adding that he has all it takes to emerge Nigeria's president in 2023.
He said:"I stand firm to state that Atiku Abubakar is the candidate to beat in 2023. He is competent, he is a liberal northerner,who is ready to sacrifice."
In another development, The SouthWest Agenda 2023 group has boasted that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), will get 12 or 13 million votes out of the estimated 20 million votes from the southwest in 2023.
The Punch reported that Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, the chairman of the pro-Tinubu group, said this on Friday, October 8, when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV.
Though Asiwaju Tinubu is yet to declare his intention to contest any office in 2023, there are strong indications that he might be interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari .
Senator Adeyeye boasted that just like President Buhari who raked 12 million votes from the north before the 2015 elections, Tinubu will also get at least 12 million votes from the southwest.
In a bid to secure victory, Adeyeye said it is important that everyone in the southwest where Tinubu hails from support him.
The SWAGA chairman said traditional rulers in the Yoruba dominated region are also in support of Tinubu’s 2023 presidential bid.
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