The intrigues in the race for the 2023 Presidency can be felt already. This is as a number of names have been touted as having an interest in running for the office of the Presidency. Some of the notable individuals linked with the race of the 2023 Presidency includes, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Works, Power and Housing, who is also a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola. This is largely because, it is believed in most circles that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, will be zoning the Presidency to the South West. However, the South East have been clamouring for the number one seat in the country, as the region is the only major region in the country that is yet to produce a President since the current democratic dispensation began in 1999.
This clamour of the South East have just received a huge boost as one of the founding members of the ruling party, Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, has just indicated his interest in running for the post of the Presidency. This was contained in a report by Sahara Reporters on Sunday, May 26, 2019, where the Imo State Governor was quoted to have said:
“I tell you, I am the most criticised person in Nigeria today. I don’t know why the entire elite hate me with cruelty.
“My Senate ambition is still a battle. More than 30 people have joined the suit to fight me. All these, I will overcome.
“They are only preparing me for the glory ahead.”
“Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria. I said this on this altar so that the kingdom of God will rise against those fighting to stop me.”
See an analysis of his statement in the audiovisual below:
Rochas Okorocha’s Case For Presidency
With Rochas Okorocha declaring his intentions to become the President of the country, this may just set the template for the ruling party to go back to the drawing board because, as funny as it may sound, Governor Rochas Okorocha may actually have a stake to run for the coveted seat due to the fact that he was a founding member of the party. Also, for a long time, he was the only notable politician in the opposition and made sure that he kept the APC alive and in good condition before others like Andy Uba, Orji Uzor Kalu and the likes came to join the fold of the party. So, Governor Okorocha may actually be in a good position to clinch the ticket of the ruling party come 2023, though at the moment he has some issues with the national chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, and was even placed on suspension.
But then, politics they say, is a game of interest, so who knows, anything could happen before 2023. If the Imo State Governor is able to circumvent his current political troubles, and the ruling party, decides to zone the position of the Presidency to the South East, then Rochas Okorocha may just realize his dream of becoming the President as he stands the best chance amongst the APC politicians in the region to clinch the presidential ticket of the party due to his closeness with some of the top shots in the party, including the President himself, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari and his undeniable loyalty to the party even in the face of troubles.
APC and PDP Tussle
It will however, not be an easy ride for the Imo State Governor even if he clinches the Presidential ticket of his party, the APC, as the major opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will definitely be making its own move to ensure that it gets back to the seat of power. If the All Progressives Congress (APC) settles for Okorocha at the end of the day, this may inform the choice that the opposition may make in picking its own candidate. If PDP chooses to go with the South East as well, then it is highly possible that Mr Peter Obi, the running mate to the Presidential Candidate of the party in the recently concluded general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will be the candidate that the opposition party will be fielding as things stand currently.
Why Peter Obi May Be PDP’s Choice
Peter Obi was a member was a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and served as Governor of Anambra State for two tenures spanning a period of eight years. In October 2014, he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and have remained with the party ever since. Peter Obi who is seen as one of the brightest politicians in the country achieved a lot while serving as the Governor of Anambra State.
Some of his achievements as State governor includes, leaving an equivalent of over $500 million while leaving office at a time when many other governors were finding themselves in huge debts. He was also recognised as the best Governor in the country by the Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP MDGs) office in Nigeria. Anambra State was also recognised as the most financially stable state in the country during his tenires amidst other milestone achievements.
See the audiovisual analysis of his achievements as Anambra State governor below:
Due to his intellectual capacity and simple lifestyle, Peter Obi also seems to have a large number of supporters and admirers which cuts across party and even tribal lines. This was evident when the news broke out that Atiku had settled for him as his running mate as a lot of Nigerians greeted the news with excitement. All these and more may make the PDP settle for him as a Presidential Candidate, if the APC decides to appeal to the senses of the South Easterners.
The Big Question
So here is the million dollar question. Between a Rochas Okorocha running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a Peter Obi running under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who would you cast your vote for to be the President of Nigeria?
Let us know with your comments in the comment section below.