Although, the opportunity to pick the presidential ticket of the main opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is still open for contention by every interested member of the party but some chances possessed the former vice president of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, may pose as threats to the possibility of another aspirant to pick the 2023 presidential ticket of the party.
Photo: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, culled from the Punch
Notwithstanding, the presidential ambitions of any other members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may remain relevant, it is important to look at how much threaten the chances of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar may pose at the other presidential aspirants.
First, former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has a very strong financial background that may, conveniently, take care of the financial requirements of the party toward deploying an echoing political campaign, across the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.
Take it or leave it, the financial requirements of any major political party that want to, really, throw a noticeable political campaign across the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria can not be overemphasized. It will, surely, consume a huge sum of money.
Although, other prominent members of the party may decide to contribute sum amount of money to fund the political campaign of a major party, the bulk sum of money usually comes from the candidate of the party.
Hence, the strong financial background of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar may pose a deafening threat at the chances of other presidential aspirants of the party, in the course of picking the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 General Elections.
Secondly, the acceptance rate of former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, may not be underrated when compare to the accepatance rate of other members of the party who may want to contest the presidential ticket of the party with the former vice president, in 2023.
For instance, the acceptance rate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been put to test, precisely, when he contested as the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 General Elections.
Sincerely, it may, possibly, be very difficult for any other member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), aspiring for the presidential ticket of the party in 2023, to surpass the rate of acceptance that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar enjoyed in 2019.
The rate at which citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria supported the presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential poll may, probably, pose as critical threat to other members of the party that are willing to pick the presidential ticket of the party in 2023.
Thirdly, the personal and political popularity that former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, enjoys across the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria may, certainly, pose as another threat at any member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who is willing to wrestle the 2023 presidential ticket with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Considerably, the fact that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been nursing and pursuing his presidential ambition since 2007 may not be unconnected to his strong personal and political popularity across the 774 Local Government Areas in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Also, the fact that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been politically active since 1999 may pose as great threat at any other members of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who may be willing to contest the presidential ticket of the opposition party with him, in 2023.
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