As the deadline for political parties to submit the names of their candidates approaches, there has been jockeying for position among Presidential Candidates’ running mates.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set the candidate submission deadline for the 2023 elections for June 17.
We have previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have whittled down their running mate options to a few prominent politicians.
According to sources, while Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the APC is eyeing former Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is strongly considering settling for Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) bloc of the APC plans to approach President Muhammadu Buhari to recommend Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, or Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, for the position
The defunct CPC is one of the APC’s legacy parties.
“The CPC components intend to approach President Buhari in an effort to secure his support for either Abubakar Malami or Hadi Sirika as running mate,” a source said.
“However, there is a great likelihood that the president will repeat what he did prior to the APC special convention; he will listen to all, but will most likely leave the candidate to decide with whoever he wishes to collaborate…
Because the APC’s ultimate objective is to maintain power, they would collaborate to produce a candidate who will attract votes and garner support.
According to reports, Tinubu will meet with the president on Wednesday, and the question of running mate would be one among the topics to be discussed.
According to analysts, the choice of running mates will decide whether or not the contenders win the presidential election on February 25, 2023.