The 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples party has 3 major contenders: former vice-chairman Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
According to a report by Daily freelance, a former legislator and member of the party’s Board of Trustees, said, with the time restraint to the election and therefore the timetable proclaimed by the freelance National Electoral Commission, it’ll be troublesome for a replacement entrant to hitch the presidential race.
He conjointly intercalary that PDP leaders in their quest to administer the 2023 election their best shot have determined that they need to field a “known name whose antecedent and capability is well known”.
He aforementioned a replacement entrant could solely be part of the race if the PDP decides to zone the presidential price ticket to the South, that is unlikely.
He said, “The primaries are going to be command either in Gregorian calendar month 2022, going by the planned Electoral Act into account by the National Assembly or latest by October, if the prevailing law is applied. That leaves either thirteen months or seventeen months for any entrant into the race.
“The time seems too short for a replacement entrant. The resources and structure necessary for an honest race can also not be pronto offered currently for any new candidate.
“More significantly, PDP leaders have determined that they need to take a legendary name whose antecedent and capability is renowned.
“The solely reason why a newcomer could are available in is that if the party eventually decides to travel to the South to buy for a candidate. that’s if the party eventually zones the price ticket to the South. Former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, could acquire the race. he’s a legendary name UN agency conjointly featured within the last price ticket of the party as a campaigner.
“Outside these calculations, it’s virtually not possible for any new entrant to create any serious impact within the presidential race.
“Between Atiku, Tambuwal and Saraki, they have already got the potential delegates committed to them. They even have the resources and therefore the key contacts that square measure supporting them and prepared to travel on mobilisation efforts.
“What isn’t clear is that if Atiku UN agency came 1st within the presidential primaries of 2018 can retain that position, if Tambuwal UN agency came second in 2018 can become the flagbearer or if Saraki UN agency came third then can overtake the opposite 2 and are available 1st.
“It are going to be attention-grabbing to examine the 3 leading aspirants making an attempt to outdo one another to induce the party’s price ticket because the PDP contains a sensible likelihood to win the presidential race in 2023 deciding by development in each the ruling organization and therefore the polity,” he said.
In October 2018, the trio were the highest contenders within the presidential primary of the PDP command in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to work out PDP’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
While Atiku polled one,532 votes to emerge the winner of the first, Tambuwal garnered 693 votes to put second whereas Saraki came third with 317 votes.
Although the 2019 Election Review Committee of the party diode by Governor Bala Muhammad of Bauchi State had asked the party to throw open the competition for the party’s presidential price ticket in 2023 to all or any qualified aspirants, there square measure feelers that a lot of of the powerbrokers of the party need the North to provide the candidate.
On the possibilities of former Kano State governor, Rabiu liliopsid genus Kwankwaso, the source, said, “As it’s these days, Kwankwaso that might have conjointly broken the ranks of the trio of Atiku, Tambuwal and Saraki, is alleged to be too restricted by the restrictive nature of his political structure that is understood solely in Kano.
“Though he has the Kwankwasiyya cluster in some states of the federation, he’s solely on the bottom in Kano State and the way will that facilitate a nationwide presidential campaign?” he asked.
“More significantly, his recent issues with high PDP leaders like Ambassador Aminu Wali and his cluster over zonal party leadership also will do a lot of injury to his quality as party flag bearer.”
Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, aforementioned the leadership of the PDP are going to be wasting its time if it fields a candidate that’s ineffective of winning elections.
He aforementioned the party should field a candidate that’s acceptable to all or any Nigerians and one which will shun social group, spiritual sentiments and unite the country.
“We should select a candidate which will cut across party affiliations, party interests and appeals to all or any Nigerians. If we tend to don’t do this, then we’ll be destroying ourselves as a result of the PDP possesses the last likelihood to let Nigerians understand that they actually need to come back to power.
“We should gift a candidate which will shun social group, spiritual sentiments and he should be a candidate that desires to win for the party. The party itself should do all it will to make sure that we’ve got a candidate that desires to win the election for it.
“If we tend to don’t do this, we’ll lose grip of things and eventually lose the election which are going to be terribly unfortunate.
“If the new entrant is aware of what he desires to induce and the way to induce it, why not? we tend to should not shut the doors against anyone. we tend to should open our doors to people who will create US come back to power. If we tend to don’t field a candidate that may win, then we tend to square measure simply wasting our time.