Three Reasons North May Retain Power In 2023

Although 2023 is still three years away, politicians and political parties are already making permutations and honing strategy to win power at the next general elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari was initially rumoured to be plotting a third term in office, but he has denied any such plans.

While the President has debunked any ambition for a third term, rumours that the North was scheming to retain power in 2023 has refused to die.

THE WHISTLER has been talking with political leaders in the North on the possibility that the zone may hold on to power in 2023. While none of those who spoke to the website dismissed the rumour, they also did not confirm anything but indicated that certain developments may lead to it.

Atiku Abubakar and the PDP

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If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) succumbs to pressure and decides to zone the presidency to the North again in 2023, the All Progressive Congress (APC) may do same.

Atiku Abubakar is believed to still nurse the ambition to be president and may do his best to get the PDP ticket again as he did in the last presidential election, knowing that 2023 would be his last shot considering he would be 77 years by then.

The PDP wants to get power at all cost and may succumb to zoning presidency to the North again since that would guarantee Northern votes.

The ruling APC is watching developments and If this happens, it would influence the party’s decision about 2023.

“If APC fields a Southerner, it will be difficult to win the presidency because the South is not as united,” one APC stalwart noted.

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Mambilla Hydropower Project

The Mambilla hydropower project is a 3.05GW hydroelectric facility being developed on the Dongo River near Baruf, in Kakara Village of Taraba State, Nigeria.

The project is being undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Power with the help of Chinese investments. It is expected to commence operation in 2030, Mambilla will be Nigeria’s biggest power plant, producing approximately 4.7 billion kWh of electricity a year.

The federal government in August 2017 approved the contract for the engineering work of the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Plant in Taraba State in the sum of $5.792bn. The construction is expected to take six years.

Some Northern politicians in the APC are said to have expressed worries that once power goes back to the South, the project may become moribund. Some of them accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan of deliberate sabotage of the project.

Oil Exploration In The North

The search for oil in the North has intensified under Buhari, leading to discovery of hydrocarbon deposits at a site in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Buhari flagged off oil exploration at the site in February 2019.

Similar searches are on-going at various sites in Adamawa and Borno States and it is believed that the search may be halted if power is transferred to the South in 2023.

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