The national convention of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come and gone. A new band of national leaders of the party has emerged. So far, every segment of the party seems satisfied with the conduct and outcome of the convention.
But that satisfaction and seeming harmony in the party's camp may be short-lived because the party has not yet resolved the critical issue of which region of the country, between the North and the South, should produce the nation’s next president.
The South feels it is only equitable for it to produce the next president because the North has had its turn in the Buhari presidency. But the North is insisting on retaining power beyond 2023.
The PDP has merely postponed the contentious issue of zoning the presidency for now. The leadership of the party deliberately left out the issue when it became too hot to handle and would have caused further fragmentation within its fold.
But that is like postponing the evil day. There is so much behind-the-scenes politicking going on around the issue that would still make it just as explosive, if not even more, whenever the party eventually decides to discuss it.
Power brokers on both sides of the regional divide are digging in to ensure that their region gets the party's presidential slot eventually.
The case of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the zoning of its presidential ticket is even more dicey and precarious than that of the APC.
The reason is that as the ruling party, it logically stands a better chance of producing the next president than the PDP.
Consequently, there is stiffer competition for its presidential ticket than in the PDP. Hence, the outcome of the zoning question promises to be more explosive here than in PDP.
Even though members of the APC continue to deny the existence of a presidential power rotation arrangement in the party, their argument takes nothing away from the fact that zoning of national political offices has come to stay in the country.
That is because the plural and diverse nature of Nigerian society demand that the interests of its many stakeholders must be taken into consideration in political matters.
Every Nigerian wants to have a sense of belonging--an assurance that he is a part-owner of the Nigerian project. Nigerians will, therefore, only support the party that gives them that sense of belonging by equitably sharing its national political offices.
Progressive societies thrive on the foundation of justice, fairness, and equity. Failure to adhere to these principles derail national progress and unity.
It is based on the above-mentioned premise that I strongly believe that the party that considers the principle of equity in zoning its national political offices will win the 2023 presidency.
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