The 2023 general election is still far away. However, 2021 will define the contest for the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP). Like other political parties, the major opposition party is expected to make key decisions in relation to the 2023 contest, as preparations for the next polls gather momentum.
For the PDP, this year is perhaps most critical in its quest to regain control of the reins of government in the country in the next general elections; as whatever the party does or fail to do this year, will make or mar it in the next general elections.
According to the PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus, the party will devote this year to addressing all the challenges confronting the party, so as to put it on a strong footing for the 2023 general elections.
The opposition party in recent times has been buffeted with a lot of afflictions. The PDP had suffered some political losses in 2020, beginning with the Imo State governorship seat. The Supreme Court, last January, had nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State and declared Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2015 gubernatorial poll.
Apart from a crisis of confidence among leaders of the PDP, the intra-party squabbles in some of its state chapters have continued to fester. Also, 2020 witnessed the defections of some prominent members of the opposition to the APC with the ruling party making a serious incursion into the South East zone, which is controlled by the opposition party.