By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A former Governor of Plateau State, Amb. Fedelis Tapgun has said all aspirants jostling to win the party’s ticket ahead of the 2023 presidential election are all capable of leading the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to victory.
Tapgun said the handful of competent aspirants have necessitated the setting up of a zoning committee made up of PDP stakeholders to agree on a more acceptable candidate that will muscle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
He said however, the former Vice President, Alh. Atiku Abubarka, former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Pius Anyim, former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, among other aspirants are all good products to be sold to the Nigerian public for acceptance.
The ex-governor who is also a member of the PDP Board of Trustee, stated this at the weekend in Jos while interacting with our correspondent.
He holds the view that however, with the array of aspirants, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubarka will be more capable to give the APC a fight for their money.
According to him: “It is only Atiku that can measure up to the presidency’s antics. He will match them money for money and strength for strength.
“But his emergence has to be with the understanding of every stakeholder in the party, so that we don’t have any rancour”.
“The PDP strongly believes in zoning because it is in our constitution. We were the first to start zoning in 1999 beginning from former President Obasanjo and as it is now, only three zones out of the six geopolitical zones in the country have not produced president.
“The zones which are North-east, North-central and South-east are to be considered for fairness and equity.
“zoning is a very sensitive matter and that was why a committee was set up to allow all PDP leaders to come together and take a resolute decision which at the end of the day someone with the required ability will emerge to face the presidency.
“The most important thing for us is to win the election and to do that we need someone with more acceptability and financial muscle that will stand shoulder to shoulder with the government of the APC in the fight to win power come 2023”, Tapgun said.