For Peoples Democratic Party to have any hope of smelling the presidency through the 2023 general election, there is need for them to compromise on some of their principles towards the selection of their next presidential candidate.
With the smoke of desperation coming from the camp of the All Progressive Congress to hold on to power beyond president Muhammadu Buhari's tenure, any political party that is yet to decide on the calibre of candidates to field for the election at this moment is obviously heading for the brickwall.
This does not mean that PDP should rush to hold their internal election and choose their candidate. Like we all know, the whole process is subject to INEC timetable. And until the Commission gives a go ahead, no party is permitted to embark on any electoral exercise relating to the 2023 election.
But by now, PDP is expected to have had its pointer beaming towards a favourable direction. The wide speculation about the possibility of Atiku Abubabakar returning to pick the presidential ticket ought to have been water down by now.
Not that Atiku does not qualify to fly the flag of the party for the second time and try his luck, but the zoning arrangement that is being considered by the APC will greatly affect the selection of PDP candidate either positively or negatively.
As speculated, if APC eventually consider Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as its presidential flagbearer for 2023, it will be an electoral waterloo for PDP to still stick to Alhaji Atiku Abubabakar. The election will not likely be judged by the depth of financial pocket alone. Regional consideration will also play a prominent role.
Hence, for PDP to be on the winning path, the National working committee need to beam a searchlight on any of these two candidates.
1. One of the credible person they can consider is the former minister of Agriculture, and the incumbent president of African Development Bank, ADB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.
Although, Adesina as we all know is not a thoroughbred politician and can also not be considered as an active member of the party. But he served and performed excellently under the administration of president Goodluck Jonathan.
His track record in the ministry of Agric is an open book that is being read till today. And as AFDB president running his second tenure, he is making Nigerians proud in all ways. Today, everyone is proud to identify with him as a product of the giant of Africa.
If PDP can therefore put Politics aside and present a technocrat like Adesina, his pedigree alone will speak for him and will eventually translate into a resounding victory for the party.
The second person to be considered in the pool is the former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Peter Obi. Obi was the vice presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 general election.
To a large extent, he was able to prove that he did not only understand the political terrain of the country but he also has a hold of its economic situation. Obi convinced Nigerians during the vice presidential debate that he was the right man for the main job.
But unfortunately, there were many winds against his political soul. He crashed out alongside his principal. Despite losing the election, Obi remains in the heart of many Nigerians.
He might not have been at the federal level in the past but he has what it takes to drive the country out of the present mess it is.
If PDP could put sentiment apart and present any of these two noble men who has no blemish that can be used against them by any opposition, their chances of taking over the presidency from president Muhammadu Buhari will be relatively high.
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