Nigeria just began a new political journey with the fresh General elections of February/March 2019.
However, given that most reelected political office holders will not be illegible to contest again by the end of their four-year tenure in 2023, the hunt for credible successors has already began for most political Parties.
In Plateau State, the Governorship race has been zoned to the Central Senatorial District, with Mangu Local Government being most likely to produce a successor for the incumbent Governor Simon Lalong.
This is likely because the LGA has never produced a Governor, since the creation of the State.
Its chances of success however are very dim, given the probability of multiple candidates, observers say.
A leading Nigerian Attorney, Garba Pwul however feels otherwise.
“2023 will be a year of compromises, give and take and consensuses.
“For Mangu Local Government Area, I expect that our elders will speak on the consensus candidate and that will be based on the capacity to perform,” said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria in an interview with MK Network.
Political party interest notwithstanding, the LGA according to him will not be divided in the selection of its flag bearer.
“The interest of our people matters more than anything and therefore you are not likely to see more than one consensus candidate emerging,” he said.
On who the lot is likely to fall on, the legal luminary sees himself contending with other candidates from elsewhere.
“If the consensus process is fair and honest, it is very easy to have me emerge as the consensus candidate but again, the elders will have to speak,” he said.
The dreaded lawyer has not officially declared his interest but in this interview, he said, “I am in. I am already a participant and to stand back and watch would be unheard of.”
The greatest threat to the success of the 2023 election process is voter apathy, Garba Pwul believes.
This he said will be if the right candidate is denied opportunity to run.
He said, “The electorates will shun the polling centers if they feel that none of the candidates running is good enough.
“They might feel that the wrong person will still emerge whether or not we vote.”
The wrong candidates emerge when the right ones fail to participate, or are denied the chance through imposition during party primaries,” Pwul stressed.
Another driver in Mr. Pwul’s words would be insufficient voter education.
The appropriate authorities therefore have enough time to prepare and rid all obstacles to successful polls, he said.
PDP poised to win
The ruling All Progressives Congress Party is expected to have the day using the power of incumbency.
However, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party is leaving nothing to chance to take back power, Mr. Danjuma Sandah, former Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Area told MK.
Despite recent internal wrangling, the Party according to Sandah has the best chances given its past records of achievement.
Whether these claims are worthwhile however, only time will tell.