2023 Presidency: Power shift debate thicken in PDP as more candidates obtain form – Nexus News

The battle for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general election is becoming intense. Only yesterday, three more candidates obtained their nomination forms in Abuja. The fourth made public his aspiration.

Those who got their forms were Governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sokoto State; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State and former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim.

Interestingly, none of them obtained the nomination forms in person. Different groups obtained their forms for them.

Tambuwal obtained his own form through a group known as Concerned Nigerians for Tambuwal, which is led by Olumuyiwa Akinboro.

The Bauchi State governor obtained his through Bala Mohammed Vanguard, led by Mohammed Jibo, while Anyim got his through the coalition of 350 groups, which is led by Comrade Mayor Samuel.

Collecting his nomination form at his Abuja residence, Governor Bala Mohammed portrayed the moment as ‘auspicious’. He stated that he has been given encouragement to offer himself to serve.

“If given the opportunity, I will not let you down. I am not going to be President of a zone; I will be the President of Nigeria. The country has the resources and with the right leadership, we can become an important member of the global community,” Mohammed said.

MEANWHILE, after months of speculation, the Vice Presidential candidate of the party during the 2019 election, Peter Obi, has announced his interest to contest.

The ex governor of Anambra State, who ran on the joint Atiku-Obi ticket, hinged his next move on the party’s decision, whether there would be a power shift or not.

Followed by Senator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial District and the former governorship candidate of PDP in Anambra, Oseloka Obaze; Mrs. Chidi Ekwueme-Onyemelukwe and Nigeria’s first female Professor of Mass Communications, Stella Okunna, Obi disclosed that he was not seeking political position, but coming out to serve and work for development, security and improve lives of Nigerians.

He said that his decision to seek the traditional rulers and community leaders was because they represent the grassroots.

Peter Obi

“After careful study of the country, Nigeria today is at the lowest ebb, we are divided. I believe in Nigeria, I will work for peace, security of life and property. Nigeria needs security to attract local and foreign investors. I will manage the nation’s resources effectively, invest in education and pull people out of poverty through job creation for the youth.”

IN a related development, governors and leaders of the party soliciting for consensus options to select the presidential candidate have increased efforts in that direction.

The consensus advocates, former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, governors Tambuwal of Sokoto and Mohammed of Bauchi, rose from a meeting in the Abuja residence of Saraki and agreed to relay the discussion to all other aspirants including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Saraki, who spoke to journalists after the meeting yesterday, revealed that the essence is to ensure oneness among aspirants in the best interest of the party ahead of the 2023 election.

According to Saraki, “this is an ongoing process. And the more we meet, the more we continue to share our views about the importance of the unity of our party, because we believe it is only PDP that has really the solutions to help us get out of the problem we have in this country today.”

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He debunked insinuation that the consensus talk is a set-up against Atiku; the former Senate President revealed that a meeting is being arranged with Atiku on the issue of consensus.

On the decision to extend the discussion about consensus to other aspirants, Saraki said: “And it is important as stakeholders as key leaders of this party, that we’re seen to be united. One of the decisions taken today is to reach out to other aspirants. We’ve already, of course, identified senior leaders of the party; include Waziri, and other leaders across the country.”

ALSO yesterday, the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, inducted the 37-member committee on power rotation and urged the members to ensure that a good job is done in ensuring that offices are well zoned.

The committee is tasked with the responsibilities of sharing positions such as, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and other leadership slots in the two chambers of the National Assembly among the six geopolitical zones.

Ayu said, “PDP has a history of rotating our offices. Anybody who doesn’t get it this time should wait till after the tenure of whoever will be our next president.

“We believe PDP is going to produce the next President once we start this journey this time. We will ensure it goes round. And it will go round with justice, fairness and the interests of Nigeria,” Ayu said.

Charging the committee to do a good job, Ayu said: “I therefore implore you never to lose sight of the bigger picture of the bigger objective. And that big sight is to maintain our unity, which carried us through the last convention. So that at the end of May, we shall present a PDP presidential candidate Nigerians will be proud of. We will go to elections and win. ”

MEANWHILE, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, was made chairman of the 37-member zoning committee. Minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, is the vice chairman of the committee. The committee’s secretary is Emmanuel Ekpe.

In line with the directive of its National Executive Committee (NEC), the PDP had on Tuesday revealed names of 37 persons to serve in the committee that will decide a suitable zoning formula for the 2023 presidential election.

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