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Why Atiku Said Nigerians Are Not Bothered Where Their Next President Will Comes From

Atiku Abubakar has said Nigerians are not bothered where their next President will come from but are hopeful of a leader desirous of addressing the challenges facing the nation.

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Atiku stated this in his brief remarks at the 94th National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

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“PDP has the right to determine how the party should be run and Nigerians have the right to determine how the country should be governed. The problem of Nigerians has never been where the President comes from,” The Former Vice-president said.

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Despite the agitation for a Southern Presidency, I believe there are Two Key Reasons why Atiku might have insisted that any Zone, be it South or North can produce Nigeria's Next President.

1. He is Nursing a 2023 Presidential Ambition

Atiku's reaction reveal that he is warming up to run for President in 2023. Thus, he knew that if the PDP should resort to zoning, The outcome might not favour the North, which means his 2023 Presidential Ambition may also suffer a setback in return. 

2. He believes the PDP may not win the 2023 Presidential Election by presenting a Southern Candidate

Atiku might have believed that for the PDP to win the next Presidential Election, the party have to field a Northern due to the huge voting strength of the North. Also, the PDP already has a strong political structure in the South-South, South-East and some parts of the South-West.

Thus, the party needs a larger percentage of the Votes from the North to win the 2023 Presidential Poll and this can only be achieveable by fielding a Candidate of Northern Origin.

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