After the successful conduct of its national convention weekend, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is now faced with one major task of searching for a presidential candidate that will fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential election.
With the election of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, former Nasarawa State governor, as its national chairman, there is a high probability that the APC might zone the presidential ticket to the South, rather than throw it open as being canvassed by some stakeholders, especially from the Northern part of the country.
Despite the declaration of some presidential aspirants from the South such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State governor and national leader of the party; David Umahi, Ebonyi State governor; Rochas Okorocha, former Imo State governor, there are reports that the presidency is working underground to bring in former President Goodluck Jonathan into the party and make him its presidential candidate.
Daily Independent gathered that the belief of the cabals behind the plot was that Jonathan has an edge because aside being a Southerner, he is also a Christian, which is a very important consideration given the fact that President Buhari who will be completing his term of office next year is a Muslim.
It is also believed that if Jonathan eventually gets the ticket and wins the presidential election, he will do just one term, since he has already served one term before his defeat in 2015 and then return power back to the North.
The rumour was recently confirmed by Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), an APC chieftain and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), who said the plot is for the APC to pair Jonathan with the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, as his running mate, knowing that he could only do one term in office as president.
He further told Daily Independent that after Jonathan’s one term, having served as president before, Buni, who was formerly the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, will then replace him in 2027.
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