Before Monday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary, a clique around President Muhammadu Buhari has successfully sold Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan to the president
Unless there is a last-minute alteration, the president, who returned from Madrid, Spain, yesterday, will submit Lawan to the party’s critical stakeholders as his chosen choice for the top job.
On Tuesday, Buhari urged APC-affiliated governors to back his preferred candidate. However, he made no mention of the individual’s identity. The statement made by the president has caused some controversy within the ruling party.
Lawan has been bought in by the Villa Cabal, according to many individuals who spoke to SHAUNTV.
cabal, according to a former governor who spoke on the record, foisted Lawan on the president.
His words: “Lawan has been rammed down President Buhari’s throat by his nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, a former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, and the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.”
A party would implode and devolve if they were to pick their own Senate president, according to the senator.
He predicted that Atiku Abubakar would be proclaimed the winner at noon on election day.
You may recall that On Saturday, Atiku became the official presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in anticipation of the 2023 elections.
One of the president’s closest allies echoed the former governor’s sentiments, stating that the development will polarise the country.
This has been discussed with a senior Aso rock official,” said the president’s adviser. Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again. It’s a bad sign that the president will hand over power to another northerner after eight years in office. Both we and the country should avoid this.
Because of the power-sharing agreement between the North and the South, Obasanjo brought a northerner with him when he left in 2007. The North is an adversary of the country, he declared, if it wants to stay in power after 2023.
It was stated in the Daily Trust Saturday on May 17 that Lawan’s campaigners had spoken to Buhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, and former Federal Government Sec-Gen. Babagana Kingibe about his candidacy.
On the BBC Hausa Service in July 2020, Daura argued there was no need to zone the presidential ticket in any region of Nigeria. Some thought that he was saying that the president’s position was the same as his, which he quickly dispelled by saying that it wasn’t.
The ruling party finally settled on a date for its presidential primary after two postponements: June 6, 7 and 8, 2016.
The party’s screening committee, which was chaired by a former Edo State governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, scrutinised 23 potential candidates.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, have been gaining ground in the polls.
Tightrope walk for Tinubu
Tinubu’s public outburst in Ogun State on Thursday was triggered by the president’s rumour that he was favouring a northern candidate, according to reports on Saturday.
“If not for me that stood behind Buhari, he wouldn’t have become the president,” Tinubu remarked while addressing APC delegates at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
No matter what happens in the primary, Tinubu will remain an APC member, according to a leader in his camp.
He claimed that the APC’s national chairman wanted nothing more from President Obama than to allow for a free, fair, and transparent primary process for the party.
“APC flag-bearer Asiwaju will emerge. One of its founding members, he has no intention of handing over leadership of the APC to political contractors. “He has a great deal of kindness and understanding for people all throughout the country,” she added of her husband.
Option B: Osinbajo
According to reliable sources who spoke to us, the idea of supporting Vice President Osinbajo to break the deadlock is gaining popularity amid efforts to hold onto power in the North.
There is a security assessment suggesting that the North would be charged should the party’s ticket be kept, according to one of our sources.
In the event that Asiwaju and other of the important aspirants are pulled out of the race, the security study states that the polity will be charged and the 2023 general elections impeded.
the South will have no incentive to protest or do anything amusing by the time Osinbajo is chosen, Additionally, the ruling will ease tensions across the country, particularly in the country’s northern region.
This means that “so be it,” and if Tinubu loses the election, “no one will protest since the whole goal is to deny Tinubu the president,” a source stated. “So, so be it.”
Tinubu’s rage on Thursday was not unrelated to his knowledge of this plot, according to another source.
Because he realises that he’s out of the calculation at this point, he started chatting frankly, not flinching at the suggestion. Although they are working hard to guarantee that Lawan gets the ticket, I am confident that they will stand by Osinbajo no matter what happens in the election. Even if Atiku wins, a few of them will be happy,” he remarked.