Nyesom-Wike

2023: PDP Should Focus on Winning, Not Zoning, Says Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike , says the focus of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 presidential election should be winning and not zoning.

Wike said this while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday.

The governor said zoning – which is an arrangement that ensures rotation of political power among ethnic blocs — is a luxury that only ruling parties can afford.

Wike, who is from the same zone as his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, said when he was contesting the governorship election in 2015, there were suggestions that he should not be given the ticket of the PDP because of the zoning arrangement in the state but he said out of necessity, he was allowed to run.

Responding to a question, he said, “When I came on board, people were saying no, the position shouldn’t control us (sic) because of my ethnic group but there was an argument that we are an opposition party. What we want to do is to win elections.

“As an opposition party, we look at all variables. What will make us win election (comes) first. That is what is important to us. The ruling party can say that (zoning) but for the opposition party, there are variables.”

When asked to state his position on the raging zoning debate, the governor responded, “It depends; as an opposition party, we look at all variables. Forget about other parties. We look at all variables and our own concern is how do we win? how do we get back power?

“So, it is not one factor that will influence (decisions). So, many variables will come into play. It will be wrong for me as an opposition person to say this must be done now. No, I will not do that.”

Mamman Daura, a nephew and ally of the President, had stirred a debate last week when he stated that zoning should not determine who emerges the next President in 2023.

The current President,  Muhammadu Buhari , who is from the North-West geopolitical zone and a Fulani, will complete his tenure in 2023 and is expected to hand over power to a southern President.

However, there have been speculations that the major political parties may still present northern Presidential candidates in a bid to boost their chances of winning.

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