2023 Presidency: Odds Favour South-east Candidates In APC

2023 Presidency: Odds Favour South-east Candidates In APC

The chances of the Southeast producing the president in 2023 have increased in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the defection of Governor David Umahi from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the party.

A credible APC source told the Daily Independent on Monday that Umahi could have made the decision after receiving assurances from President Muhammadu Buhari that he would do everything he could to ensure that the Southeast featured the party’s presidential standard-bearer in 2023.

While Buhari had not made any statements about his preferred successor, our source said that the president, who is committed to the unity of the country, wants to show that the bookies, who had predicted that he would back another Northerner as his successor, were wrong.

He also said that the president’s cool disposition to the southwest and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor and national party leader, may have necessitated the visit of some southwest APC leaders who are allies of Tinubu to the president last week. . .

APC leaders include Chief Bisi Akande, Chief According Osoba, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, and Dr. Abayomi Finnih.

Despite all attempts to get a clue as to what the meeting or discussion topic was about were unsuccessful as visitors did not speak to State House correspondents, our source said it could be related to the topic of the 2023 presidency.

“First, let me tell you this. Many PDP stakeholders, including Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, have said that Umahi, who is completing his second term as governor of Ebonyi State, joined APC because he wants to run for the presidency in 2023 and believed that the PDP would not give him that opportunity.

“Something may have given Umahi the courage to make that bold move. Did you receive assurances from the president that the bill would be zoned for the southeast?

“Did the president have a special preference for him as the best person to succeed him?

“Why did many APC southeastern leaders avoid Umahi’s defection rally to APC and yet many North bigwigs attended? Could that be due to anger, jealousy, or hatred?

“If they’ve been fueling ambition and the president favors Umahi, a newcomer from PDP, do you expect them to be happy? There are so many questions and everything will become clear in the next few days as 2023 is still far away.

“Also, if you look at the visit of Tinubu’s allies to Buhari last week, where they had a closed-door meeting without the assistance of Tinubu himself, shortly after Umahi’s defection, and the fact that Akande, Osoba and even the president kept their lips sealed about the purpose of the meeting, then he will know that something serious is going on behind the scenes.

“Don’t forget also that the elders of the north have supported the Igbo presidency, insisting that the Nigerian presidency in 2023 should rotate to the southeast.

“They said their position was based on the need for every part of the country to be treated fairly and equitably in the political affairs of the nation.

“I know Buhari very well. He does not speak but likes to keep his game on his chest.

“In 2015, the Igbo did not vote for him, but he has made his way into their hearts.

“He has always taken every opportunity to say that he was not an enemy of the southeast, especially given his relationship with the late Emeka Ojukwu.”

He said that in addition to Umahi, the Southeast APC parades for credible politicians who have the ability to govern Nigeria, such as Ken Nnamani, former president of the Senate; Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology; Geoffery Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Senator Rochas Okorocha, among others.

“As a man who believes in the unity of the country, he can use the 2023 presidential elections to show that those who have said that he wants another Northerner to succeed him are wrong.

“Doing so will greatly reduce the cry of marginalization and threat of secession in the region,” he said.

Also speaking to the Daily Independent, Junaid Mohammed, an elderly statesman and federal legislator for the Second Republic, said that the PPD had already compromised his presidential ticket to the North.

Junaid, who also said that President Buhari lacked the ability to lead the APC to victory in 2023, said that any politician who realizes that his ambition cannot be realized in the political party to which he belongs should seek an alternative. by joining another party or forming a new policy. match.

He said: “A political party is like a vehicle, a machine; You use it to rise to power

“If a party does not give you the opportunity to be in power, you can join another party or create another party.

“So anyone who’s not happy with the way things are at APC, my advice to that person is to start looking for an alternative. The same applies to the PDP.

“But the PPD has promised to bring the next presidential candidate from the North.

“They may be mischievous, but the fact is, given the commercialized nature of politics in Nigeria, whoever stands up to their candidate will have a tough job.

“I don’t doubt the ability of others who want to test the waters of APC, but whoever it is must be fully prepared, because it is going to be tribal politics without a credible leader.

“Because Buhari has never been seen to be good at anything. He is not the type of person who will prepare APC as a party and give it the necessary leadership, and make it the arrowhead of a party that will win the next election in 2023. “

Source: – Independent ng