The permutations as to who becomes the 2023 presidential candidate of the PDP has begun after the PDP zoned its national chairmanship to the North.
The stage is now set for Southern PDP politicians especially from the South-South and South-East to join the 2023 presidential race.
Ordinarily, the South-East should be the zone to grab the 2023 presidential candidate of the party because the geopolitical zone has supported the PDP since 1999.
But that may not be the case going by the latest development in the PDP. According to Vanguard newspaper, a top Northern PDP chieftain has stated that the Fulani won’t allow Igbo President in 2023. This will form the basis of our discussion in this article.
How did the South-East lose out in PDP going by the statement of top Northern PDP politicians that Fulani won’t allow Igbo President?
To start with, the South-East is nowhere to be found in the permutations going on in the PDP as it concerns who becomes the 2023 presidential candidate of the party.
The South-South has dominated it and it appears the PDP may field someone from the South-South as its 2023 presidential candidate.
Take, for instance, the PDP is considering former President Jonathan, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor Emmanuel Udom. None of the two South-East PDP Governors is being considered.
Governor Okowa appears to be top because the PDP is looking for a way to compensate the South-East. Remember that Okowa is Delta Igbo and the PDP believe that core Igbos may still support Okowa since Anambra and Delta are almost the same.
Northern PDP politicians don’t even believe that the South-East can produce the presidential candidate of the PDP despite that the region has the likes of Peter Obi.
That was why a Northern PDP politician stated Fulani won’t allow Igbo President in 2023.
I wonder how Igbos who have voted PDP since 1999 will feel if the party field someone from the South-South despite that the South-South produced Nigeria’s President between 2011 and 2015 in the person of Jonathan.