Calls for south eastern presidency f9r People’s Democratic Party in limbo Bukolawebmaster Saraki’s 2023 Presidential election, campaign posters announcing floods streets of Abuja on Tuesday, Naija247news understands.
Saraki came third behind Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (the eventual winner) in the 2018 presidential primary election of the PDP in Port Harcourt.
That election featured heavyweight politicians including former Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, ex-President of the Senate, David Mark, former Sokoto state governor, Atthiru Bafarawa amongst others.
At the federal secretariat and Wadata Plaza, headquarters of PDP, Saraki is seen smiling in a picture from campaign posters with the inscription, “Reset Nigeria 2023: Vote Abubakar Bukola Saraki as President.”
A media aide to Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to The Guardian that knows nothing about the posters.
“We do not know anything about the posters,” Olaniyonu said. “We are ignoring it.”
At the moment, Saraki is the chairman of the PDP Reconciliation and Strategy Committee set up by the National Working Committee of the party to reconcile aggrieved members and woo new members into its fold ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Calls for Igbo man as president of NIgeria in 2023
The recent demand by some South East leaders for the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition platform, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone their 2023 presidential ticket to the geo-political zone has elicited divergent views from leaders of other regions in the country.
The agitation has also opened up a fresh national debate over the parameters upon which the next president of the country should emerge.
The call by the South East leaders for an Igbo presidency is coming against the backdrop of the raging debate over power shift to the South on the one hand and the clamour for the next president to emerge based on merit and not zoning.
While the apex socio-cultural organisation in the North, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has said that it would only support a candidate who understands the problems in North, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) noted that competence would be its defining benchmark on how the next president will emerge.