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Politics of Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Source: Nigerian Tribune

2023 Presidency: PDP, APC dilemma on zoning

As the debate over the inroad to the 2023 presidency increases, with the zoning or otherwise of the slot by the two major political parties, Leon Usigbe and Sunday Adepoju report some underlining issues.

Both the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Democratic Party (PDP) are temporarily in cul-de-sac over the battle for their presidential ticket.

The major stakeholders in each of them are engaged in intense power struggle on the zoning, a principle that has become expedient stabilising factor in the politics of the country.

This has left the parties in an apparent dilemma on the gristly principle of zoning, with the main power blocs and centres in the APC and the PDP poised to tilt the scale.With its membership revalidation and registration exercise at the last stage, the uncanny rivalry among the power brokers in the APC is far from over.

The raging altercations among them are rooted in the accusations and counter-accusations of a certain powerful and influential bloc hijacking the process.

Apart from the skepticism expressed by some party stalwarts at the commencement of the revalidation, others had alleged hoarding of the cards, just as others raised what they perceived as a hidden agenda, primary of which is to technically frustrate the planned presidential aspiration of certain power brokers in 2023.

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