One major fact about Nigeria politics is that it allows has no resting period; there is a need to constantly think of how to maneuver and outsmart your opponents both within the party and the opposition parties.
Doubling of efforts, extraordinarily creativeness and self appealing to the masses are the criteria required you need find yourself to be in the opposition party in any part of the world as it helps to unseat the present occupiers of the eyed position. We all saw how things played out with the mannerism at which the All Progressives Congress (APC) did it in 2015.
It is expected that by now, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should have started shopping for the right candidate so as to begin to market him or her on time to the masses which is very important.
Hence, In this write up, we have selected five possible names that can fly the party’s ticket during the 2023 Presidential election.
1. Seyi Makinde
Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (born 25 December 1967) is a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is the governor of Oyo State in South-western Nigeria. He is an engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and gas metering. Until August 2018, he was the Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria.
If the APC is zoning their presidential ticket to the southwest, then the only hope of the PDP is Seyi Makinde. For now, he is the only politician from the region that can neutralize Tinubu’s popularity.
Within the space of just a year, he has endeared himself to the masses, both within and outside the state. He is a presidential material loved by most people. Out of these five people.
2. Rabiu Kwankwaso
Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE, FNIQS is a Nigerian Muslim politician who was the Governor of Kano State from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015. He was elected to the Senate in 2015, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, representing the Kano central senatorial district.. After he lost his re-election in 2003, he was appointed the first civilian Minister of Defence of the Fourth Republic from 2003 to 2007.
Kwankwaso enjoys widespread support in Kano, he has been viewed as a charismatic populist. In 2011, he was re-elected governor of the state and went on to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014. In 2015, Kwankwaso unsuccessfully contested the presidential primaries nomination under the opposition All Progressive Congress, but lost to Muhammad Buhari. He later returned to People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
There is no other politician that is as valued as Kwankwaso in the entire northwest. The fact is even without the power of incumbency, Buhari’s popularity cannot be compared with the former Kano State Governor.
His Kwankwasiyya group is spread all over the country. If he continuously keeps eyeing the presidential seat, he has the mass of followers to get him there. There were reports that he sold Kano out to Buhari during the presidential election.
He is also indescribably rich to foot his campaigns. With the right vice presidential candidate, Kwankwaso will give the ruling party a run for their popularity, especially in the north where most votes come from.
3. Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar GCON (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist who served as the 11th Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo.
Since the return to democracy, Abubakar has contested in all the elections. He twice ran as Governor of Adamawa State in 1990 and later, in 1998, being elected before becoming Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate during the 1999 presidential election and re-elected in 2003.
Atiku has not said at any given point that he will not be on the ballot again. He only said if he had won, he wouldn’t have sought a second term in office. Also, the fact that he is still lording himself over the PDP means he is still interested in contesting the presidential seat under the platform.
Insiders report indicate that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is trying to wrestle the leadership of the party from Atiku but he’s finding it difficult.
Although age is not on the side of Atiku but he has the financial power which is an essential factor in winning an election in Nigeria. There is high probability of him getting the nod off the party once again.
4. Aminu Tambuwal
The Incumbent Sokoto State Governor is another potential and huge candidate for the party. He was the PDP Governors’ favourite for the 2019 Presidential poll but Atiku broke their back with money. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives has a cult-like followership in the north. In fact, some pundits rate him after Buhari.
He also has the financial muscle to fund his campaign. His age is another advantage that will work for him. He is considerably young and smart.
During his tenure as a Speaker, he built connections around the country that can be banked on now. There is no gainsaying that he is an ideal presidential material.
5. Peter Obi
Peter Gregory Obi (born 19 July 1961) is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the Peoples Democratic Party. He was the former governor of Anambra State serving from 17 March 2006 to 2 November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9 February 2007 to 29 May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned.
If there is any unrivaled candidate in the southeast for the PDP, then, it is the former Anambra State Governor. He is loved by all and sundry in the region. His sterling performance as a governor also distinguished him.
He is a billionaire and prudent spender. He knows how to spend small for big impact. If the major political parties are to honor the southeast by allowing them to produce the next president, then PDP will have a higher stake by presenting Obi.
Out of these five people, who do you think is best for the party?
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