Key Political Steps Tambuwal Can Take Ahead Of 2023 Presidential Poll

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The Sokoto State governor, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal, can silently prepare for the 2023 general elections. His chances may be far higher this time around and he may actualise his dreams. There are ways he can prepare for the next presidency without making much noise on the media, or without creating any scene.

Mr. Tambuwal was much closer to the PDP presidential ticket in 2018. He lost to the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. And the same thing may repeat itself unless Tambuwal acts fast though quietly. He should start his underground preparation by consulting key party leaders from across the country. This is the first step he needs to take.

The PDP has already said that the ticket could be contested by both the northerners and southerners. That means zoning won't affect the system. Therefore, Mr. Tambuwal can go on to get ready for the assignment. He should start by meeting powerful northern leaders.

At the northwest region, Mr. Tambuwal can meet Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, Mr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano State governor and Ahmed Makarfi from Kaduna State. He should lay out his plans for them and convince them that the interests of north must be protected.

Mr. Tambuwal may not have to go to northeast on the ground that it is a domain of former vice president Atiku Abubakar. Even Mr. Bala Mohammed is in the region. Hence, it would be better to remove the zone from his calculation. Meanwhile, he can check north centre and have a talk with Mr. David Mark.

At the southern region, Mr. Tambuwal can meet Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State governor, who is apparently the top PDP leader in the southwest region. And Mr. Ayodele Fayose shouldn't be left behind.

Once Mr. Tambuwal is done with consultation, he can take the next step. Of course, he would get assurance from some of the people. And if he receives a positive response from them, he is good to go to quietly pick a running mate. It is important for him to get a running mate ready ahead of the PDP primary election.

There would be a wide range of options for him. But in his very best interest, he should go for a Yoruba politician with whom he can clinch the PDP ticket. There are no many options for him in the southwest. Mr. Ayodele Fayose may be the right choice for the Sokoto State governor.

Lastly, Mr. Tambuwal may not be able to find it easier if he doesn't look for means to weaken the Atiku Abubakar's camp. He needs to bring in as many loyalists of Atiku as possible to his own camp. This can be done quietly as well and by the time the PDP conducts the primary election, Tambuwal would ride to victory with ease.

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