As The Race To 2023 Heats Up; Tinubu, Atiku, Bello And Hosts Of Presidential Aspirants, Who Has The Best Chance?
It is no longer news that the journey to the 2023 general election has begun earnestly and the discussion about potential replacement for President Muhammadu Buhari APC led government whose tenure elapses early 2023 dominates several media outlet headlines week in week out as hosts of aspirants are much ready to jostle for the ticket of the much coveted seat of the number one citizen of the Federal republic of Nigeria.
As the norm holds, internal (Party) democracy plays a huge determinant on who clinches the ticket, the result of which has left potential aspirants traversing the length, breadth and edge to edge of the country seeking for support from political stakeholders both in active politics and outside politics.
It is pertinent to concisely torchlight the APC first, being the ruling party.
To start with, the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, the former Minister of Solid Minerals and sitting Governor of Ekiti State, John Kayode Fayemi, Minister of transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi are all touted to be the frontlining aspirants of the APC.
Of course, emerging the flagbearer of the APC would be a herculean task for all aspirants mentioned above and none should be underrated because politics is a game of who gets what. It could be anybody amongst them, depending on who plays the better card well.
Asiwaju has been reportedly ill and receiving treatment in London for the past few months. No matter how the twist goes and except he drops ambition of the presidency, he’s one of the leading lights and favored candidate of the party. Arising from the sacrifices he has made for the party and considering his heavy investment to raise politicians of no mean repute who would be all out for him if his interested becomes cemented.
Another candidate who’s making massive headline at the moment is Governor Yahaya Bello who seems to be banking on the advantage of not too young to run and as such presenting himself as youths candidate. Several facts points questions to his possible emergence but of course this is politics where anything and everything can happen.
From the wing of the PDP, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been a constant contestant with his aspiration spanning 29 years since he began the journey to become the President of Nigeria in the keenly contested 1993 general election alongside late Chief M.K.O Abiola and Bashir Tofa in the early wake of the later aborted third republic.
He however dropped his aspiration at the return of the fourth republic in 1999 to deputise Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at Aso Villa with the political calculation of taking over from Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the end of their tenure in 2007. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned; at the latter part of the Obasanjo led PDP administration, the relationship between him and his vice went sour. Consequently, his plans didn’t materialize as Chief Obasanjo rather opted for late Musa Yar’adua as replacement.
His hope of course was dampened but he didn’t throw in the towel even till now, after subsequent contestation in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 which was the closest he ever came, reliable report has it that he would be all out again to try luck for the very last time as he no longer has much age on his side. His chances of getting the ticket however remains on how well he can convince the PDP to bank on him again.
There are several other candidates in the PDP with the likes Of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Kano State Governor, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and incumbent Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the Former FCT Minister and incumbent Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed and not to be forgotten also is Governor Wike of Rivers State who’s rumoured to be interested in the much coveted seat of power.
Who gets the ticket in PDP at the end of the day?
Does the President has a favorite candidate in mind? Who emerges APC flag bearer.
Former INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Rivers State Governor, Donald Duke, Kingsley Moghalu, Nollywood actor Yul Edochie are all rumoured to have interest in the presidency. Do any of them stand a chance?
Year 2022 shall duly provide answers to this all important questions.