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Politics has reached a boiling point in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party, as close to ten candidates have indicated their interest to become the National Chairman of the PDP. The field is full of political heavyweights, all jostling for one prize.
The next chairman is expected to emerge when over 6000 registered members of the main opposition party gather in the Federal Capital City for the elective national convention.
Meanwhile, the first casualty in the race has emerged as Governor Nyesom Wike's candidate may have been disqualified, following reports that PDP may have zoned the chairmanship office to South West. This means Chief Orbih who is from Edo State in the South-South region is no longer eligible.
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In essence, Wike is for now without a candidate in the race.
This explains why some people are already urging him to support the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to win the position. Fayose has recently been rumoured to have shown interest in the contest.
This article will analyse two main reasons why Wike should consider supporting Fayose.
Fayose and Wike are temperamentally compatible and they showed it between 2015-2019
Governor Wike is not likely to find difficulties in getting along with Fayose because of their obvious temperamental compatibility. Both of them are firebrand politicians that do not shy away from speaking the truth to power, not minding the possible repercussions. Between the period of 2015 and 2019 when they shared the same platform as Governors, both leaders had almost similar views on national matters, and they also led the opposition efforts by the PDP.
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Every time the ruling All Progressive Congress faltered, both Wike and Fayose were always alert to pounce on the government, attacking it for failing to show leadership. Indeed, both politicians did a far better job as opposition figures than their party. So if they were able to work together as Governors, then there is no doubt that they can work together to bring leadership to PDP in a moment when it desperately desires to regain the Presidency.
Fayose is very popular in the south-south and southeast
Because of his brand of politics, which is driven by pro-masses radical ideology, Fayose is a well-loved politician in the South East and south-south. He will not be a hard sell for Wike and his team because he is a household name already.
So Wike can rest assured that his investment in the race will not be wasted.
Orbih( Photo Credit: Facebook)
Fayose is even a far more interesting prospect than Orbih who is not a strong politician and not so well known outside of the South-South. In essence, the former Ekiti State governor has far higher chances of winning the race than Orbih.
Wike still has a few days to make up his mind about where to stand as far as the race is concerned.
The National Convention holds from October 31, 2021, in Abuja.
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