It is no longer news that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has revealed his intention to contest for the Office of the President.
It is also not an object of new discovery that the president has revealed that he will not make known the candidate he wants to support yet.
All Progressives Congress (APC), through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena announced that its 2023 presidential ticket will not be given to any aspirant on a silver platter.
Nabena made this statement just after Tinubu made his intentions public.
“The APC will not give any of its members’ presidential ticket on a platter of gold. There are procedures so he (Tinubu) should continue consulting.
‘’The APC is not a come-and-take party. He should consult even those contesting with him. So consultations should continue and whoever emerges at the primaries will be the party’s presidential candidate for 2023.”
As President Buhari’s tenure inches closer to an end, more and more players in the corridors of power have revealed their intentions to succeed him.
Within the ruling party, evidence seems to suggest that given the complex ethnico-religion reality of the Nigerian environment, the process of candidate selection may prove to be hard.
This is especially so given that the Gov. Buni-led National Working Committee of the party has struggled for over one year to put together the party’s convention–a process that will play a major role in who emerges as the party’s presidential flagbearer.
While many refuse to admit it–religion, ethnicity and political capacity are major determining factors for who will emerge with the party’s support at the polls.
More and more party bigwigs are expected to declare their intention in the coming days.
Just like President Buhari has warned, if the APC doesn’t put its house in order, PDP will cash in on the opportunity.
2023 may be far, but the events that will shape it are unravelling before our very eyes.