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The hidden puzzle in APC, PDP zoning of 2023 Presidency

The All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are set to once again, go head-to-head at the polls in 2023. The presidential election, which is expected to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor, has already begun to attract the attention of millions of Nigerians. One of the most talked about issues pertaining to the election, is that of where the next President should come from.
The rising demand for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region, and parties’ interest in having a successful outing, have seen the two major political parties in the country, begin to strategize on how best to ensure that it wins the election. Not long ago, the PDP in what can be argued to be a move to have a Southern candidate, zoned its National Chairmanship position to the North. Recently, there have been rumours that the APC is also adopting a similar approach.

While the PDP can be argued to be more influential in the South, considering its dominance in the South-East, and South-south regions, the APC is weaker, despite its dominance in the Southwest region. As such, any attempt by the APC, to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the Southern region of Nigeria, could end its rule. This is due to the fact that such a move cannot guarantee the support of the South-East and South-south regions.

At the same time, there is no guarantee that zoning of the PDP chairmanship position to the North-central, would prevent the party from nominating a Northern candidate to fly its flag. Should the PDP ever nominate a Northerner, there are chances that the North would vote massively for the PDP candidate, while the APC candidate may as well lose in the South-East and South-south, leaving only the Southwest to be split between the two parties.
On the other hand, a Northern APC candidate would have the backing of many states in the region, coupled with Southwest states like Lagos and Osun, where the party is very influential. This could see the party, extend its rule beyond 2023. However, a Southern candidate could find it difficult to secure the support of the core North, and may only stand a slim chance of victory, if the PDP also fields a Southern candidate in 2023.

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