Many Southerners who are happy that the opposition PDP will field a Southern presidential candidate after the party zoned its national chairmanship position to the North may have to wait till after the 2022 presidential primary election of the PDP for their joy to be complete.
The PDP may have played on the emotions of the Southerners who were already angry that the PDP wanted to zone its national chairmanship to the North.
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The PDP is keen on winning the 2023 presidential election and the only thing that bothers the party is how to defeat the APC in the 2023 presidential election.
Report on Vanguard newspaper has exposed the plans of the PDP to field a Northern presidential candidate in 2023 despite zoning its national chairmanship to the North.
That will form the basis of our discussion in this article.
How did Vanguard report expose the plans of the PDP to field a Northern presidential candidate despite zoning national chairmanship to the North?
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The 12 million votes in the North which is capable of deciding who becomes the President of Nigeria in 2023 is what the PDP is still looking at. The party cannot afford to lose such a huge number of votes.
The party plans to force the national chairman who will emerge at the October national convention to step down including his Northern deputy for a Southerner to take over if plans to convince Southern politicians in the party to support a Northerner presidential candidate work.
The PDP doesn't mind changing the goal post in the middle of the game provided it will yield the desired result. The legal implications of changing an elected national chairman from the North with someone from the South to have a Northern presidential candidate is what PDP is aware of.
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It is likely to make an adhoc arrangement to amend its constitution to accommodate it. The party may have deceived the ruling party which now believes that the PDP will field a Southern presidential candidate.
While many people think that a Northern presidential candidate cannot work for the PDP in 2023, top Northern politicians in the party appear optimistic that many Northern APC politicians will support a Northern presidential candidate in 2023.
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