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Nigeria’s opposition PDP faces tough choice: Atiku or Makinde?

By Jude Michael
Posted on Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:35

Nigeria's Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde at an IITA meeting in Bukavu, DRC. Rights Reserved/IITA

The PDP is in a bind; it has a powerful northern candidate in Atiku, but an election where the candidate is expected to come from the South. While they have a potential winner in the shape of Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, the ruling APC is trying to lure him across to their camp.

At a recent meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held in Abuja on 10 March, the major agenda item was how the party could retake the presidency from the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC).

Although the next round of elections is not due until February 2023, Nigeria’s largest opposition party is not taking any chances to go to the poll with a divided house and below-par strategy, to two persons who were at the meeting told The Africa Report.

Even with Nigeria’s multi-party system, power has only shifted once since the end of military rule: in 2015 the APC beat the PDP  when ex-President Goodluck Jonathan became the first incumbent president to lose a reelection bid.