Amidst the prediction for the presidency to be moved to the south when President Muhammadu Buhari’s term ends in 2023, the opposition party – PDP, is said to be having difficulties after losing some of its governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reports have it that, political “kingmakers” in the ruling party have allegedly agreed to award former president Goodluck Jonathan the party’s presidential ticket in 2023.
The reports stated that, Mai Mala Buni (the acting Chairman of the party and Governor of Yobe State), Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Governor of Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar, were reported to have furious ultercations for the who will be Jonathan’s running mate.
The current game plan against the PDP, according to insiders, has already reached the execution level, with plans to provide a resounding welcome to Jonathan’s formal defection into the APC at any time in August 2021.
They went on to say that President Buhari will return to Abuja shortly to celebrate the capturing of another big fish from the opposition camp, which will help the 2023 agenda have a more strategic base.
Buni, Malami, and Badaru are said to have leapt into action, quietly conferring with stakeholders such as the clergies and monarchs across the country’s northern and southern regions.
The allies and foot-soldiers of the three vice-presidential candidates are believed to have late-night strategy sessions on a regular basis in order to tighten the ligaments of consultations.
It’s also thought that the vice-presidential candidates’ ongoing talks would lead to the creation of a draft cashflow study for consideration ahead of the 2023 election for the country’s number two post.
Buni has used his goodwill as the temporary chairman of the governing party in order to start putting together a formidable campaigning machinery for the 2023 declaration of Jonathan as the party leader.
Malami’s ardent followers are also said to be working tirelessly in favor of their preferred candidate, reaching out to renowned political power brokers in both the north and south of the nation.
Malami’s followers are reported to be united by “the urgent necessity for young Turks to be at the forefront of 2023 politics.”
As the ruling party waits for its national leader, who also serves as president, to return to Abuja, it is clear that Nigerians have yet to witness the end of intense political maneuvering for the country’s leadership.
Leading up to the 2023 general elections, a lot of permutations will suffice, only time will tell which is plausible.