The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed to pick its candidate for the 2023 presidential race from one of the zones in the northern region of the country despite its agreement that any candidate can contest the election.
According to a former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, the party’s decision is as a result of the requests of members.
Aliyu, who spoke while hosting the Atiku Support Organisation at his residence in Minna, said he was confident of the success of the Atiku group and asssured them of his support. He said
“In our zoning agreement, we have agreed to re-zone the North as requested by others but we have agreed written openly as a result of what has happened that any candidate from any part of the country can now contest this election,” he told the group.
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He added that the group has done wonderfully well by going round nooks and crannies of the country to ensure that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerges as the party flag bearer and is elected President of Nigeria come 2023. The National Coordinator of the group, Victor Moses, thanked the former governor for his continued support for Atiku Abubakar even as 2023 approaches.
The PDP had recently zoned the position of its national chairman to the north-central, leading to the emergence of former President of the Senate, Iyorchia Ayu, as the party’s National Chairman last October.
But the party has remained mum on which of the zones will produce its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
After his election as national chairman, Ayu hinted of the likelihood of thPDP choosing its 2023 presidential candidate by consensus. He was however silent on whether the party will zone the presidential ticket to a particular part region or zone.
“If the PDP could come together to agree on a particular individual for chairman, it means it was capable too of coming together to produce one single candidate to challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election,” he said.