The national convention of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come and gone. A new band of national leaders of the party has emerged. So far, every segment of the party seems satisfied with the conduct of the convention.
But that satisfaction and seeming harmony in the party's camp may be short-lived because the party has not yet resolved the most important but knotty issue of which region of the country, between the North and the South, should produce the nation’s next president.
The South feels it is only fair for it to produce the next president because the North has had its turn with the Buhari presidency. But the North is insisting on retaining power beyond 2023.
The PDP merely postponed that contentious issue of zoning the presidency for now. The leadership of the party deliberately left out the zoning of its presidential office when it became obvious that the matter was becoming too hot to handle and would cause further fragmentation within it to fold.
But that is like postponing the evil day. There is so much underground and behind-the-scenes politicking going on around the issue that when the time comes for the party to decide on it, the outcome might be just as explosive if not even more.
Power brokers on both sides of the regional divides are digging in to ensure their region gets the presidential slot eventually.
The case of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the zoning of its presidential ticket is even more dicey and precarious than that of the APC.
The reason is that as the ruling party, it logically stands a better chance of producing the next president than the PDP. Consequently, the competition for its ticket is much higher than in the APC. The scramble for the slot promises to be more explosive here than in any other party.
Even though members of the party continue to deny the existence of a presidential power rotation arrangement in the party, it does not take away the fact that zoning of national political offices has come to stay in the country.
The plural and diverse nature of Nigerian society demand that the interests of its many stakeholders must be taken into consideration in political matters.
Again, progressive societies stand on the foundation of justice, fairness, and equity. Failure to adhere to these principles derail national progress and unity.
From the above argument, it is clear that the party that adopts the principle of equity in zoning its national political offices will win the 2023 presidency.
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