Peoples Democratic Party ‘PDP’ is activating its structures across the nation in readiness for the 2023 presidential election. Following a report from Daily Trust, PDP has started early preparation to enable it to take over power from the ruling party All Progressives Congress ‘APC’.
PDP assessment revealed that its structures across the nation still remains active and strong enough to challenge and beat the ruling party in a free and fair election. The former political powerhouse PDP currently has 15 governors spread across different geo-political zones.
Political experts forecast that 2023 national election is most likely to be free and fair between the ruling party APC and the major opposition PDP, this will only change if only a very strong force emerges by then.
After PDP’s loss to APC in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, the PDP has been working to make sure it takes back power most importantly as serving President Muhammadu Buhari will be ineligible to contest according to Nigeria’s constitution.
Right now, talks are on-going among powers that be in the party to make sure that only the heavyweights are pushed forward to make the dream a success. PDP’S national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed that the party would carry out strategic reforms ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kola Ologbondiyan said the issue of zoning is not part of the agenda for now, but the national leadership of the party would ensure that its position is made public in due time. According to Mr Ologbondiyan, PDP plans to activate its structures and strengthen its formation as one big, united and formidable family early enough before the election comes in 2023.
However, he has advised the party members and supporters not to entertain any fear as reconciliatory efforts within the party were working out as planned. Ologbondiyan, therefore, points out that the party has started galvanising all segments of the voting population across the nation.
Meanwhile, the chairman of PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, disclosed that the party is yet to start a serious movement towards 2023 general election, mostly as it is still indecisive on which zone to chose its presidential candidate from.
“We have to make a lot of consultations. The National Working Committee (NWC) has to make a lot of consultations; our governors have to make a lot of consultations,’’ he said.
“We are trying to avoid a crisis situation after zoning. We are also going to engage our former presidential aspirants in the process. So we need time to do all these before zoning. Otherwise, there will be a crisis of interest and divisions in the party,” a PDP chieftain from north-east said.
There has not been much interest for the presidential race within the party if not for a former deputy national chairman, and former national chairmanship contender, Chief Bode George, who has indicated an interest in picking-up the presidential ticket.
Although rumours linked former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a possible contender in the race, he has denied the claims through his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, who said that Dr Goodluck Jonathan is rather busy with promoting peace and sustainable democracy within the African continent.