A former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, on Sunday, advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to field a Northern candidate if it hopes to win the 2023 presidential election.
In a series of tweets, the socio-political activist said that President Muhammadu Buhari would deliver the North for any Southern candidate in the election.
He, however, said PDP may avoid losing if the party fields a Northern candidate and not a Southerner in 2023.
He wrote: “Buhari has always had a captive audience of 12 million Northerners.
“If PDP fields a Southerner in 2023, his 12 million captive audience will obey Buhari’s command to vote for Tinubu.
“And he will win. The only way they won’t obey him is if the PDP fields a Northerner!”
The Chairman of the PDP Screening Committee, Senator David Mark, had disclosed the disqualification of two out of the seventeen presidential aspirants. Speaking with newsmen shortly after the conclusion of the exercise at Legacy House, Abuja, the former Senate President refused to disclose the identity of the affected politicians or the reasons for their disqualification.
Mark simply noted that the aspirants did not meet the requirements.
The Chairman also affirmed that the report of Friday’s screening will be transmitted to the PDP National Working Committee for consideration.
PDP members that have shown interest in the coveted office include former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar; former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; Bauchi and Sokoto states governors, Bala Mohammed and Aminu Tambuwal.
Others were River State governor, Nyesom Wike; publisher, Dele Momodu; former banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; pharmacist, Sam Ohabunwa, Akwa Ibom State governor, Emmanuel Udom and the only female presidential aspirant, Olivia Tariela.
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; a lawyer, Charles Okwudili; Chikwendu Kalu and Cosmos Ndukwe are also in the race.