The recent decision by governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to zone the national chairman of the opposition party to the north may eventually lead to defeat for the south.
Privilege sources told Midwest Herald that unlike their southern counterparts, the northern governors and political class have the support of their traditional institutions and they are speaking with one voice on why power must be retained in the north.
Our source further revealed that most of the governors are secretly lobbying those that have indicated interest to seek the PDP presidential ticket from the northern zones to be their running mate.
“The governors are pro south in the day, but go about lobbying the presidential aspirants from the north by night fall. ” The source said.
On the dynamics of winning general election, the figures have never been in favour of the south, due to the obvious imbalance in the numbers of registered voters.
For example, going by recent elections, the figures from results of some local government in the north are more than the returned votes from a state like Bayelsa.
The internal uprising in the south east zone will ultimately decide the contribution of the east to the outcomes of the 2023 presidential election results.
Another concerned stakeholder who spoke to our reporter, suggested that the criteria to pick the PDP flag bearer should be “… anyone that is a nationalist. That person that can earn the trust of all federating units to be part of Nigeria and not necessarily a southerner. The ability to win the general election should be uppermost in the decision making.”
The recent failures on the part of Southern legislators to push their interest on the floor of the National Assembly is a pointer to the weak resolve of the south and determination of their northern counterpart to force down their objectives down the throat of the south.
First was the Petroleum Industry Bill and the other, the Electronic Transmission of election results. The north won both ‘fights’ despite fervent appeal from their southern counterparts in both the red and green chambers. The northeen legislators took instruction from their tradional rulers and power brokers.
On paper, the southern legislators were in support of both bills, but expectedly, they lost to personal interest, with the result that some PDP legislators staged a work-out while others abstained from voting.
The socio-cultural-political unity of the north is another advantage to the north that must be considered by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and his likes, who are agitating for power grab.
The recent counter resolve by the northern elders to withdraw their support for power shift, was a direct response to the position of the disunited southern governors forum.
Understandably, all eyes will be on the outcome of the PDP National Executive Committee meeting of the party slated for Thursday October 7, 2021. That certainly, is the make or break arbitration that may bring success or ruin to PDP’s hunger for Aso Rock in 2023.