Why Atiku May Dump PDP For The “Third Force” As PDP Cabals Plot To Zone Presidential Ticket To South


Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, indications have emerged that the battle over which zone should produce the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won’t end anytime soon

Although Abdullahi Ibrahim, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary said the new National Working Committee under the leadership of Iyorchia Ayu had resolved to throw the party’s 2023 presidential ticket open to all zones, a recent report by Arise TV suggests otherwise.

According to the report, Iyorchia Ayu the National Chairman of PDP in a meeting with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida allegedly said that a final decision on the zoning of the PDP presidential ticket will be taken only after presidential aspirants have campaigned and mobilized electorates

Iyorchia Ayu

The cabals in the PDP who want the party’s presidential ticket zoned to the South argue that the presidency should be rotated between the north and the south, and since the current president is from the north, the next president should come from the south. Report says Nyesom Wike who is perhaps the most influential governor in the PDP is the one spearheading this agenda (Source: Vanguard)

Atiku Abubakar who is from the north confirmed the widespread speculation that he is interested in becoming President Buhari’s successor, when he told journalists that he will declare his 2023 presidential ambition at an appropriate time after making due consultations. (Source: Punch)

The former Vice President has aspired for the office of the president in almost every election in the last 3 decades and given his current age, this may be his last opportunity to achieve his ambition. Atiku’s political antecedents suggest that he is one who would rather take his ‘political destiny’ into his own hands than let others decide it for him


In 2006, Atiku dumped the PDP and joined the Action Congress (AC) when it became clear to him that he wouldn’t get PDP’s 2007 presidential ticket due to his feud with his boss Olusegun Obasanjo. He secured the presidential ticket of AC however, he lost the presidential election to Umaru Yar Adua.

By 2010, Atiku fell out with Bola Tinubu the leader of AC, and knowing fully well that he would not get the party’s 2011 presidential ticket, he returned to PDP and contested for the 2011 presidential ticket of PDP which he lost to former President Goodluck Jonathan

Realizing that the APC was a force to be reckoned with, Atiku decamped to the APC and contested for the party’s 2015 presidential ticket but lost to President Buhari. Atiku must have known that he couldn’t beat President Buhari to the APC’s 2019 presidential ticket therefore he defected to the PDP just in time to contest for the Party’s presidential ticket which he won.


In my opinion, Atiku may once again dump the PDP and pitch his tent with the “Third Force” rather than wait for the PDP’s final decision on the zoning of its presidential ticket which may not favor the North.

According to a news report, there is an ongoing move to launch a mega political party capable of wrestling power from the ruling APC in 2023. It is believed that the former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwanso, and economic expert, Pat Utomi are some of the big players pushing the “Third Force” Agenda.

The euphoria that greeted the announcement of the “Third Force” is perhaps an indication that electorates are fed up with the APC and PDP over their inability to bring about the desired change and progress. My guess is that Atiku may soon join the third force which is already showing promising potential.

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