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The decision by the Peoples Democratic Party to zone its Party Chairmanship position to the North continued to send shock waves around Nigeria. This means the North may no longer get the party's presidential ticket as many had hoped. As soon as the zoning arrangement was announced, analysts immediately predicted that former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi was in pole position to emerge as PDP's presidential candidate.
It was a relief for many because it could have helped relieve some of the Igbo presidency challenges and perhaps douse some of the tension in the South East.
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But feelers emanating from inside PDP indicate that, despite the favourable zoning plan. Peter Obi is not in the conversation for president in PDP. His chance has been reduced by ongoing agitation for Biafra. This has made the party turn its attention to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
How is this even possible? That will form the focus of my analysis in this report.
Why the Biafra agitation affects Peter Obi
Up until now, Obi was considered a top contender. He is a very popular candidate in the PDP. And he has a huge fan base within and outside the party. However, Obi's chances of emerging PDP’s candidate is undermined by the raging agitation for Biafra which has engulfed the South East in the last few years and gotten worse recently.
According to a report in Vanguard Newspaper, the core North is not likely to vote an Igbo man for President and they have made it known on different fora. Their fear of a candidate from the South East is because of concerns the person could support or be sympathetic to the agitation for Biafra and this could hurt the interest of the North.
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A PDP chieftain was quoted to have told Vanguard that the Fulanis will not vote for candidates from the South East at this time. And without the northern vote, PDP has a slim chance of regaining power in 2023. This is one of the major reasons why Obi’s chances are slim.
Why PDP may consider Jonathan
Because of this, sources say the party is seriously considering other options, including former President Goodluck Jonathan as its 2023 candidate
Jonathan candidacy is being pushed by some Northern politicians many of whom served with him in government. However, this push is facing serious resistance from the politicians in the South because of fears that a Jonathan President might short change the Southern region based on the constitutional limit.
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