Monday, 15 December 2014

APC Vice Presidential Slot: Buhari Submits Three Names

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress has started considering the list of three nominees sent in by its presidential candidate for the 2015 elections, General Muhammadu Buhari. The party is to select one out of the three names as the running mate of the general.

A high ranking member of the party, confided in Punch that the presidential candidate has been under pressure by certain power blocks within the party long before he even emerged at the primary.

The source said Buhari had already given notice to the party and “In choosing the three names, he considered three things: Religious balancing, votes or what we call electoral value and he will also consider the personality of the individual.

“The governors elected on APC platform are insisting that it must come from among them, but Buhari had told them that he agrees but that the names he would submit to the party would contain at least the name of one of them but that the party would ultimately decide...

“Those in the South-East want one of their own. Their argument is that doing so will strengthen the party in the region.”

The source noted that the allure of block votes from the South-West is tilting the scales in favour of the geo-political zone which has been a strong base of opposition politics.

This throws up the possibility of a candidate coming from the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s political camp.

A member of the Buhari camp said the General would have loved to work with Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, but “a muslim/muslim ticket will be a hard sell considering the situation in the country today.”

However, Proffessor Yemi Osibajo appears the most likely choice because of his untainted public record and intellectual depth. Apart from being a member of Tinubu’s inner circle, Osibajo is a Pastor with the Redeemed Church and a close associate of the church’s General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Many Christians are likely to support this choice.

Hailing from Ikene, the hometown of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is also seen as an added advantage. The three geo-political zones in the South namely: South-South, South-East and South-West were also said to be showing interest in the vice-presidential slot.

But the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the party would meet and take a firm decision on the matter. “What you are reading now is the handiwork of mischief makers. No one had been picked as Buhari’s running mate but we will pick and announce next week,” he assured.

A little bird whispered that the names are: Prof. Osibajo, Governor Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi.

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