Nigeria’s PDP keeps losing governors to APC. Can it bounce back in time for 2023?

By Chinedu Asadu
Posted on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 09:51, updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:53

Supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) perform while wearing hats with PDP branding during a campaign rally in Lagos, Nigeria February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

In Nigeria, a political party is often thought to be only as powerful as the number of states it controls. Having lost the presidency, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose 16-year rule ended in 2015, keeps losing governors to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a further threat to its dreams of regaining control of the presidency. The latest? Zamfara State's Governor Bello Matawalle.

On Tuesday 29 June, the PDP lost the third governor in its camp to the APC in seven months.

Governor Bello Matawalle of the northwest Zamfara State defected to the ruling party along with most lawmakers in the state after months-long speculation.

The ‘unpardonable act of betrayal’ that left PDP in shock