The former president of the House of Senate may want to try his luck again in the race for the presidency. He lost the PDP ticket to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2018 and he was unable to contest for the presidency in 2019. If he wants to be an aspirant again, he needs to consult at least four strongest politicians of the People's Democratic Party. If the four leaders give him their support or approval, Bukola Saraki should simply be preparing for the main 2023 poll.
Mr. Seyi Makinde is the most powerful PDP politician in the whole of southwest geopolitical zone. He is the only PDP governor and by virtue of that, he is the most powerful member of the party from the region. Makinde is the Oyo State governor and nothing can happen in the zone without his consent.
He demonstrated his leadership and his supremacy when the southwest PDP conducted its Congress in Osogbo. The congress was between Mr. Eddy Olafeso and Taofeek Arapaja, who was supported by Makinde. Arapaja emerged to become the southwest head. But the main leader who supported him was Makinde.
If Saraki cab negotiate with Mr. Seyi Makinde, then the Oyo State governor can liaise with Taofeek Arapaja, who can assure Saraki of the support of the southwest delegates. Saraki needs to have a good negotiation with the Oyo State governor. It should be noted that Saraki would win the majority of delegate votes if he can convince Mr. Seyi Makinde.
The northwest zone doesn't embrace the PDP in the current political dispensation. Only Sokoto State is under the PDP. Others (Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa and Zamfara) are under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC). If Saraki wants to win the votes of the delegates from northwest, he needs to meet Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, who had also served as the speaker of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
Tambuwal actually contested for the same ticket in 2018. He was one of the aspirants for the PDP ticket, but he was unlucky just like Bukola Saraki. The two men contested against Mr. Atiku Abubakar and they lost. Then, if Saraki wants to try his luck again, he needs to have a meeting or consultation with the former speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.
Saraki should understand that Wike may be controversial and loquacious. But that doesn't stop him from having firm control over the PDP in Rivers State and in the south-south geopolitical zone. The Rivers State governor is powerful and he is a bulwark behind most of the top PDP politicians including Mr. Uche Secondus.
Bukola Saraki should have a meeting with Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt. They should discuss the issue of PDP ticket. Mr. Saraki can wittingly find out if Wike himself has interest in the ticket before he (Saraki) launches himself for the race for the People's Democratic Party ticket. Through Wike, Saraki can win votes from the south-south zone including Edo State.
The last person that Saraki needs to meet is Mr. Atiku Abubakar, who was the vice president of the country from 1999 to 2007. He was also the last presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). There is no indication that Atiku Abubakar would go for the race again. Age would be a serious factor that would work against him.
Saraki should consult the former president in Adamawa State and they should rub minds together. Saraki would lose if he contests against Atiku Abubakar again and the best thing th former Kwara State governor can do is to first consult Atiku Abubakar. If the Adamawa based politician gives his approval to Saraki, the former senate president would be unstoppable.
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