The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been out of the corridors of power for at least six years now. The political party ran out of favour when ex president Goodluck Jonathan was convincingly defeated by Muhammadu Buhari, who flew the flag of the All Progresives Congress.
The PDP has been struggling to reclaim power at the national level all to no avail as its candidate in 2019 was unable to make a difference by unseating President Muhammadu Buhari from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
To worsen the situation is the fact that former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu is growing more powerful and more foregrounded ahead of the 2023 general elections. His name is ubiquitous in the dailies and the internet.
He may be the main obstacle that the PDP will face in 2023 as he stands the biggest chance to claim the ticket of the ruling party. All Progressives Congress can't afford not to give its ticket to Bola Ahmed Tinubu because there is apparently no stronger candidate.
But if the PDP really wants to take over from the APC, there are two governors who can make things happen and catapult the PDP to power in 2023 that is if the party presents them to Nigerians.
The two governors are Nyesom Wike and Aminu Tambuwal of Rivers and Sokoto State respectively. The two governors are good and strong enough to upset whatever influence Tinubu may think he has.
Wike can be the presidential candidate. After all power is expected to return to southern Nigeria. He has shown how powerful he is twice. And the two instances are discussed below.
Wike had silenced his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi. The former governor thought he would be able to stop Wike from becoming Rivers State governor let alone to be elected twice.
Amaechi left the PDP for APC when the latter was freshly formed. But since he left the PDP, the political party remains unshakable courtsey of Nyesom Wike.
Wike has also shown his strength in Edo State by making Godwin Obaseki win his reelection bid. Despite all the daunting challenges that Obaseki faced he was able to surmount of them with the help of Wike.
Though Bola Tinubu, Adams Oshiomole and Umar Ganduje were on ground in Edo State, Wike was able to suppress their forces. Hence, Wike can go on to claim power for the PDP in 2023.
What about Aminu Tambuwal? He has shown how influential he is as well. He was in the APC during his first term as governor. But things didn't go well between him and his predecessor, Aliyu Wamakko.
Mr. Wamakko, a former governor in Sokoto State, believed he could control Aminu Tambuwal as far as the APC affairs are concerned in Sokoto State. But Tambuwal left the APC to return to the PDP.
He set a stage for a battle with Wamakko. Eventually, Tambuwal won and he became the Sokoto State governor for the second time.
Both Wike and Tambuwal have demonstrated how powerful they are at the state and regional level, so they can team up to defeat Mr. Bola Tinubu.
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