The Igbo people are grossly underrepresented in the political system of the country. Since 1999 the people have not got an opportunity to rule the country because the leading political parties didn't present Igbo politicians as the candidates for the presidential election. Yet the agitations for Igbo presidency continue to gain momentum and demands for the presidency are always high.
Atiku Abubakar is actually in a good position to make things happen for the good Igbo people. He can help them achieve their desire to partake in the leadership of the country. The former vice president of the country might not be able to contest again due to age and the possibility that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) might zone its ticket to southern Nigeria.
It can even be explained that more top Igbo politicians may leave the PDP if the party doesn't once again consider the Igbo people. Mr. Dave Umahi definitely left the PDP to be identified with the APC because of the 2023 presidency. The Ebonyi State Governor left the PDP with the aim of picking up the APC ticket.
Mr. Atiku Abubakar should consider former governor Peter Obi. The former Anambra State governor could be one of the best options that the Igbo people may have and support. He can surely win the needed votes in the country and make Atiku Abubakar proud in the 2023 general elections.
Both Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi had once formed an alliance. The two ran on the same ticket in 2019 as presidential and vice presidential candidate respectively and they did satisfactorily well even though they were unable to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Yemi Osinbajo.
Atiku Abubakar singlehandedly picked Peter Obi and he must have considered several factors before going ahead to choose Peter Obi who is known for economic prudence and good governance. There was a bit of grievances, but the PDP eventually agreed on the joint ticket of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
The options are actually many. The Igbo people have many politicians who are members of the PDP. Atiku Abubakar can also consider Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, one of the longest serving members of the House of Senate. The highly experienced senator can be a poster boy that the PDP needs in 2023.
Two things can make Ike Ekweremadu stand out as a matter of fact. Ekweremadu can get support from Mr. Bukola Saraki, the immediate past president of the upper chamber of the National Assembly. Saraki can't deny knowing Ike Ekweremadu, at least by a simple reasoning.
When Bukola Saraki was the Senate President from 2015 to 2019, Ike Ekweremadu served as the deputy even though they didn't belong to the same political party. They worked together even when Bukola Saraki was still in the All Progressives Congress (APC). And not for once did Ike Ekweremadu attempted to usurp Saraki.
The second thing is that Ike Ekweremadu took part in the government of former president Goodluck Jonathan. While Jonathan was the president, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu was deputising Mr David Mark at the House of Senate. And there was no rancour. The powerful senator may get the support of Jonathan.
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