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2023 Presidency: Wait till 2027, Dokpesi tells South East, solicits support for Atiku

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The chairman of the technical committee, Atiku  Abubakar presidential campaign, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has urged the South East geopolitical zone to wait till 2027 for their presidential ambition.

He therefore solicited support for a one-term presidency for the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 presidential election, if elected.

Dokpesi said this while consulting with party leaders at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Umuahia, Abia state on Monday.

He maintained that Atiku, who hails from the North-East geo-political zone is the right person to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress.

Dokpesi revealed that the PDP zoning arrangement was not honoured during the 2015 presidential elections, and consequently, the party went into the election with a divided house and lost.

He however noted that his position to zone the presidency to the North does not mean there are no qualified persons for the office in the South East zone.


“Our party believes in rotation of the office of president between the North and South for two-term of eight years, according to the Nigerian constitution.

“That was why former President Olusegun Obasanjo handed over to Late Umaru Ya’Adua, but after his death, former President Goodluck Jonathan took over and completed his first term.

“Jonathan also asked for another four years which was given to him, but when he started asking for another term in 2015, the North felt it was against the zoning agreement of the party.

“So we went for into the election with a divided house and we lost. That is why we have reasoned that for us to wrestle power from APC we need a strong presidential candidate from the North.

“Since it’s believed that North-East and South-East are the two geo-political zones that have not produced the president, we felt that Atiku, coming from the North-East is a strong candidate for the job,” he said.

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