PDP would see the next general elections as an opportunity to claim power again. The party has an array of reputable leaders or politicians it can present to confront the hegemony of the All Progressives Congress (APC). To make it simpler, there are four key leaders of the party who may pick up the ticket for the next general elections.
The most powerful leader of the PDP at this time is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of the country. He would be one likely politician of the party who would clinch the ticket and challenge any candidate that the ruling All Progresives Congress may present for the same election.
Atiku isn't a new blood in the system. He has been eyeing the seat for several years and he moved further closer to it in 2019 when he contested against Muhammadu Buhari. The election was a bit tougher than the 2015 poll. Nigerians believed Atiku would be able to take the glory. But he lost to the incumbent leader of the country. Meanwhile, the former vice president has been taking some covert steps towarda having the ticket again. One of the steps is the reconciliation he had with Nyesom Wike.
Aminu Tambuwal is another politician from north. He is regarded as one of the hopes of the People's Democratic Party at this moment. The Sokoto State governor is also at the forefront in the race although he doesn't make comments about the ticket of the party. He remains quiet as far as the issue is concerned perhaps waiting for the right time to come.
Mr. Aminu Tambuwal is young and he will be relying on this to claim the ticket of the party. He is also the chairman of the PDP governors forum. That means he has direct connection to the governors of the party throughout the country. That could give him an edge over others who may also be contesting.
The governor, Tambuwal, was an aspirant in 2018. He participated in the tensely contested primary election which was held in Port Harcourt. It was won by Atiku who defeated both the Sokoto State governor and Mr. Bukola Saraki. Tambuwal may pick up the ticket of the party for the 2023 poll.
There is a strong possibility that the opposition party would still want to give former president Goodluck Jonathan another chance to prove himself as a worthwhile and powerful politician. Jonathan isn't just a nice political leader, but he is also a reputable one. After his administration, Nigerians began to love him and it appears they really want him back to steer the affairs of the country.
Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election and it was surprising that he immediately accepted defeat. He didn't let the poll caused any mayhem in the country at all. Hence, the party may call him up to go for the election again. He must have learnt more lessons which would be useful for him in 2023.
Anyone who really understands what Nigerian politics means would know the essence of the current clash between Nyesom Wike and Uche Secondus. The Rivers State governor wants the national chairman of the PDP to vacate the office ahead of the end of tenure of the chairman. It is quite understandable. If Secondus stays for another term, the PDP ticket would go to north.
Nyesom Wike is a top leader of the party and he may end up winning the ticket of the PDP. Mr. Wike would also depend on two factors that may work for him. One, he can boast of the dominance of the PDP in the south-south geopolitical zone (Edo, Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and partly Cross Rivers). He can use this to negotiate with the PDP leadership.
Secondly, Wike would use his close rapport with some top politicians including Jonathan, Obaseki, Tambuwal and others as a leverage to have the PDP ticket. The Rivers State governor can boldly say that he can enjoy the endorsement of Goodluck Jonathan because he served as a minister under the ex president.
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