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How Nyesom Wike Is Gradually Positioning Himself To Contest 2023 Presidential Election As 'Igbo'

PDP politicians in the Southern Nigeria who are interested in the 2023 presidential election must be making plans on how to grab the PDP presidential ticket.

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This is expected especially after PDP zoned its national chairmanship to the North. Rivers State Governor Nyesom has indirectly shown interest in the race even when the PDP wanted to zone the national chairmanship to the South.

He asked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to throw all key positions open including the presidency so that the best people can occupy them.

His fellow PDP Governors didn't support him then because they suspected that Wike is interested in the 2023 presidential election. The game has changed now and things appear to favour the Southern politicians in PDP after the party zoned its national chairmanship to the North.

In my opinion, Wike is gradually positioning himself to contest the 2023 presidential election as Igboman. That will form the basis of our discussion in this piece. 

How is Wike gradually positioning himself to contest the 2023 presidential election as Igboman? 

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Those who know Wike will agree with me that he has maintained that he is an Ikwere man and not Igboman. He believes that the Niger Delta is different from the South-East. 

Although Rotimi Amaechi and Asari Dokubo who claim that they are Igbo have told Wike that he is an Igboman, the Rivers State Governor has maintained that he isn't although he has a lot of respect for Igbos.

However, that position to me change immediately after PDP zoned its national chairmanship to the North.

Take, for instance, Wike stated that the marginalisation of Igbos and their Niger Delta neighbours has caused insecurity in these regions adding that the country must ensure that social justice, equity and fairness is felt by these regions.

The details of this can be seen in Guardian newspaper. Recall that the South-East is expected to grab the presidential ticket of the PDP because the region is the only zone from the South that has never produced the President of Nigeria despite supporting PDP since 1999.

Wike understands that it may not happen because the agitations in the South-East has made many young people in that region show apathy in things concerning Nigeria.

He understands that the South-South which produced the President of Nigeria between 2011 and 2015 is the next if the South-East is thrown out of the permutation.

The PDP may not mind since Rivers State is also close to Imo and Abia states and some Igbos are found in Rivers State. But this should be a wake-up call for Igbo politicians in PDP.

They should mobilise themselves and talk to their people to ensure that the good thing that is about to happen to South-East politically is not jeopardised.

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The PDP is likely to field a Southern presidential candidate and the whole country knows that it will be an injustice if the party doesn't field someone from the South-East.

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