The issue of the South producing the next president of Nigeria is having K-leg since the turn of events in the PDP. Those who are aware of the political parties' activities and power bloc politics in Nigeria, would realize that the north plays a vital role in determining who becomes the president of Nigeria.
This background is connected to the long time the north has ruled Nigeria in the military era. Being in power for a long time would likely give you some advantages over others, because you have a lot of structures in place. The north played a vital role in the emergence of Olusegun Obasanjo as Nigeria's civilian president in 1999. After Obasanjo's regime, power returned to the north. This could be seen as a gentleman's agreement between Obasanjo and the north. Ya'radua became president after his (Obasanjo) administration. Jonathan became president because of constitutional rights. If not, it may not have been easy for the Otuoke-born politician to become the president of Nigeria. After Jonathan's regime, power returned to the north. Jonathan did not even complete his second term before power was wrestled from him.
In 2015, Buhari came to power from the APC, and he is about to end his second term in 2023. As the wind is blowing in Nigeria today, it's like the wind is blowing back power back to the north. The southern states anticipated this, prompting governors to declare that power must be returned to the South by 2023. You can not become the president of Nigeria unless you belong to either PDP or APC. The PDP has already shown that they are not ready to give power to the South, because they are throwing open their presidential ticket. It's obvious that the north may clinch the PDP presidential ticket, because they are the chairman of the party.
Likely, if this works out perfectly as they proposed, that means that former VP Atiku Abubakar will certainly pick up the presidential ticket and run for president under the PDP. Don't joke with the north. The APC may likely feature a southern presidential candidate. Some predict that Bola Tinubu may emerge as the APC standard bearer in 2023. If this is done, don't think otherwise; the PDP may likely take the lead and win the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar, who is from the north, would likely have the support of the north should he run under the PDP. The north would not vote for Tinubu because he's in the APC. Even some of the southern parts may likely vote for Atiku because of the longtime relationship the Adamawa-born politician has with the South. Atiku is regarded as an Apostle of Restructuring, and every southern citizen would wish that he took the lead. It's going to be a wonderful drama as this 2023 presidential game begins.
What do you think about this? Don't you think that it may be possible that power may return to the north, with the PDP throwing open its presidential ticket?
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