After the much-awaited national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the stage is now set for the party’s search for a sellable presidential standard bearer, who will square up to President Goodluck Jonathan, whose re-election bid is expected to be announced any moment.
Checks by Daily Sun revealed that with the purported zoning of the APC presidential slot to the North-West geopolitical zone, both General Mohammadu Buhari, former head of state and Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, were getting set to fight for the party’s presidential ticket.
It was gathered that in preparation for his presidential bid, Kwankawso had made some deft political moves to position himself for the exalted position.
A chieftain of the APC, who pleaded anonymity, told Daily Sun that since the party appeared to prefer a younger candidate, the Kwankwaso camp was doing everything to prepare for the contest.
According to him, “the party is toying with the idea of backing a younger aspirant, with a view to ensuring generational shift in the power equation.”
He disclosed that in preparation for the presidential bid, Kwankwaso recently conducted local government elections to prove his popularity and wide acceptability of APC in Kano State.
“Kwankwaso has succeeded in making a statement with the council election that the former state governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekerau, has no electoral value in the state since he lost even his ward during the council poll,” the source stated.
Checks revealed that the Kwankwaso camp had been reaching out to stakeholders in the APC and subtly dropping hints of the governor’s interest in the number one political office in the country.
Sources stated that the Kano State governor was getting support from fellow governors in the party, who wanted to determine who became the presidential candidate of the party.
Daily Sun gathered that the APC governors had expressed their preference for one of them to get the presidential ticket of the party to square up to Jonathan next year.
The governors had their way in the choice of who became the national chairman of the party, as their candidate, Chief John Oyegun, emerged, against the choice of Chief Tom Ikime, backed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
When contacted on phone for his comments, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was too early to decide who would be the presidential candidate of the APC, saying: “The job before the party now is to consolidate its roadmap and strengthen its structure for the electoral task ahead.”
According to him, the party’s convention had succeeded in erasing the wrong notion that APC was a Muslim party or that there was no internal democracy in the party.
“My brother, one hour can be too long in politics, let alone one day, one week, one month, six months. Anything can happen between now and November,” Mohammed said.
APC NEVER ZONED ITS PRESIDENCY TO THE NORTH WEST,THEREFORE EVERY ALALYSIS BASED ON THAT FSLSE RRPORT WHIVH HSS SINCE BEEN REBUTTED CANNOT BUT BE S FAILURE FROM THE ONSET
Typical arrogant Hausa/Fulani idiot who has no regard for any other race or religion other than his satanic background. He should concentrate on his state and prove himself. Nigeria has grown beyond narrow minded local champions like himself, Tinubu, Buhari,etc. Why cant they sponsor a northern Christian as president. Are there no Sokoto, Kano,etc Christians? Are they not northerners or Nigerians?
Let somebody tell these fools that the era of Hausa/Fulani oligarchy is over for good.
This is part of preparations to create confusion among the supporters of APC. As with other plans it will definitely come to naught and peoples’ will will triumph.
What? Gov. kwankwaso to become APC presidential candidate? If ever he wins, it is as good as having calamity reign over Nigeria. A most arrogant, pompous religious/ethnic bigoted northerner becoming president of Nigeria? Never!!
You are very stupid to abuse Hausa/fulani
Who is your grand father. Is he not a free thinker no religion
Is Country is ours you like it or not, go to hell.
The evil that men do leave after them. The good is often entered into their bones. I will not support we feed too young person into the Presidency of Nigeria. I think the man is stubborn. I don’t think he is going to rule to rule Nigeria well. who killed the Emir?
There is no need to abuse Kwankwaso. Go to Kano and see how he has developed the place.
Also, I’m surprised Obianefo asks”why can’t they sponsor a northern Christian as president”?
Who stopped Obianefo and his gang from sponsoring a “northern Christian as president”?
Indeed, why can’t Obianefo and co sponsor a southern Muslim as president? There is no state in the South that doesn’t have an indigene who is a Muslim.
If the “Hausa/Fulani oligarchy” is over, which oligarchy is reigning now?
If you’re cultured and well bred, you should address issues on their own merit, rather than resorting to base instincts. I don’t see why people sidetrack the matters at hand and resort to abuses and name calling. That’s uncivilized!
Nigeria is under fire…God, send down a messiah!