APC to name Buhari’s running mate Wednesday

Muhammadu Buhari

The National Chairman of the All Progressives [APC] John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party would on Wednesday announced its vice presidential candidate for the February 14 election.

He stated this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

The opposition party had elected a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, as its presidential candidate at its national convention in Lagos on Thursday.

Since Mr. Buhari’s emergence, the leadership of the party has met a number of times to pick his running mate before their names are submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

A meeting held Tuesday for the purpose ended in a deadlock.

There were speculations that a leader of the party and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, did not only canvass the nomination of Mr. Buhari’s running mate from the South West geo-political zone, but also pushed for himself to be named for the position.

It was further gathered that Mr. Tinubu also pushed the name of a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yemi Osibajo (SAN), in the event that his quest to be the vice presidential candidate failed.

Some party members, it was learnt, have kicked against the Buhari-Tinubu ticket because both are Muslums.

The possible choice of either Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State or Adams Oshiomhole of Edo has also also been touted.

Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to speak with Mr. Odigie-Oyegun were not successful as he did answer or return repeated calls to his mobile telephone.

However, a senior member of the party, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak, told this newspaper on Tuesday evening that “Tinubu’s quest to be the vice presidential candidate is the dilemma the party is facing.”

He said the matter would be resolved in the next few hours because the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates have to be submitted to INEC by Wednesday or Thursday.


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  • Spoken word

    Wonders shall never end. Makes no political sense for Asiwaju to put himself forward for the position of VP. APC will lose all the goodwill the party got after the convention. It only makes sense if asiwaju is a PDP mole.

  • Wähala

    The search for VP candidate for Buhari is taking longer than eternity…Haba! Choose me, biko. If john Oyegun is dodging una phone calls, publish his number maybe he needs help making up his darn mind. Buhari has done his part by deferring to the South West to produce a candidate, that shows he’s not as rigid as Olisa Metuh wants us to believe, but a flexible and listening man. For Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu to turncoats at the dying minute and want to hijack the slot for himself, endangering the hard-worn goodwill of millions of Nigerians, is outright greedy, insensitive and irresponsible. Tinubu carries a lot of dirty luggage and has a shady past, allowing him to ruin the momentum with only weeks to go would be unfortunate and regrettable. If the Yoruba cannot do better than an ex-drug lord and a fake pastor, then the APC should take a hard look at Govs. Okorocha and Oshiomhole… to make an in-road in the “ebele-azikiwe” zone and appease the gods of the Sou-South, respectively. Amaechi is too brash and loud for the slot, and given his long-running exchange of verbal IED’s with the Presidency, he might attract negative reception from down yonder. Conclusively, Buhari should make a unilateral choice and surprise everyone… as that would give an insight into his ability to make the “hard choice”.