Gov Makinde confirms Atiku, Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed’s Interest In 2023 Presidency
Makinde says that the three northern PDP chieftains are “eminently qualified” to rule Nigeria.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed, and Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal have all expressed interest in the 2023 presidential election, according to Governor Makinde of Oyo State.
The trio, according to Makinde, are among the ’eminently qualified’ chieftains in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who can successfully rule Nigeria.
This was revealed by the governor on a Channels Television current affairs program on Thursday.
He said, “I make bold to say that the situation in this country today, the only way that you can stop PDP at the federal level is by dividing PDP internally. All the governors of the PDP are well aware of this fact and we made unity within ourselves our number one priority.
“Once the governors of PDP are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country. The issue right now is that PDP has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully.
“Some have indicated interest, like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, like Governor Tambuwal, like Governor Bala Mohammed. They have indicated interest. But the bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it.
“What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention. There is no way you can become anything, president, vice-president, even governor, if we don’t have a party. What we want to do first is ensure that we get things right within our party.”
Governor Makinde’s claim, on the other hand, contradicts the Southern Governors Forum’s position on the 2023 elections.
Remember that the governors threatened in September to block any political party nominating a northerner for president in the 2023 general elections.
For the purpose of justice and fairness, the governors unanimously agreed that the president of 2023 should be assigned to their region.
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