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Tinubu, Saraki ‘back Buhari’ for APC’s ticket

Tinubu, Saraki ‘back Buhari’ for APC’s ticket
October 13
05:10 2014
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National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will throw his weight behind Muhammadu Buhari in the race for the party’s presidential ticket, TheCable understands.

Former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, will also support the former head of state in the indirect primary election scheduled for December 2, having shelved his own ambition.

Already, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has pitched his tent with Buhari, as reported by TheCable recently.

Governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is under intense pressure to step down for Buhari.

Tinubu’s decision to back Buhari is a major boost to the ambition of the retired general, whose toughest opponent in the primary is expected to be former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.

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Atiku or Buhari? APC will decide in December

Under the current structure of the party, Tinubu and his associates are expected to have a majority of the delegates that will vote in the primary which will be held simultaneously in the 36 states and FCT.

With Tinubu, Saraki, Amaechi and former governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva, pitching their tent with Buhari, the former head of state will head into the primary as the favourite as most south-west, north-west and south-south delegates are likely to vote for him.

However, Atiku is expected to garner a majority of delegate votes from the north-east and south-east, and a significant number from the north-central.

His battle-tested political machinery across the length and breadth of the country will contest every inch on the electoral field, TheCable analysts forecast, while his war chest will play a significant role in the final outcome.

Tinubu’s support for Buhari will come as a shock to many analysts who are of the opinion that Atiku was a more like-minded politician than Buhari, but the word in Tinubu’s camp is that Atiku is “too desperate” to become president, an ambition that has seen him change parties in almost every election year.

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Atiku, Buhari, Amaechi and Saraki

“What Nigeria needs now is leadership and Asiwaju (Tinubu) is convinced beyond reasonable doubt Buhari is the best bet to deliver it,” a senior member of APC, who also chairs a state chapter of the party, told TheCable.

While fears have been raised in Tinubu’s circle that Buhari may decide to make a point by probing him on getting to office, the former governor of Lagos state is said to have had assurances that he has nothing to fear.

“Buhari’s view is that it would be counterproductive to go after Tinubu. He said the most important thing now is for Nigeria to make progress, and this is a very urgent task,” an APC governor said, adding: “In any case, Tinubu has nothing to fear. All attempts to probe him have always ended up vindicating him.”

On the issue of who would be running mate to Buhari, the party official said Tinubu has shelved his ambition, confirming an early report by TheCable.

“The only elective post he could seek now is to be a senator. The wife is the senator representing Lagos central. If he decides to run, he can take her slot,” he said.

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Buhari with Fashola in Lagos on Sunday

Asked about speculations on the ambition of the speaker of the house of representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the official said it was no longer “feasible” to back the lawmaker from Sokoto state.

“Governorship is a better bet for him. The calculations have changed. He too knows,” he said about Tambuwal, who is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, Buhari was in Lagos on Sunday to invite Governor Babatunde Fashola to his declaration slated for Wednesday.

Fashola welcomed him warmly, saying: “We feel honoured by your presence and God will honour you and his grace will continuously be sufficient for you in the undertaking that you are about to commit to.”

It remains to be seen if the governor and other top chieftains of APC will attend Buhari’s declaration at Eagle Square, Abuja, having been absent at Atiku’s declaration in September.

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16 Comments

  1. Sewa
    Sewa October 13, 10:56

    Whichever way it swings, the prayer of average Nigerian is the they should not allow this split the party.

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  2. Sansweet
    Sansweet October 13, 12:03

    Like every progressive-minded individual, I pray fervently that God will help the APC to wade through the likely storm of the emergence of its presidential candidate. Nigerians of goodwill are watching with bated breath. May the best candidate emerge.

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  3. shitta
    shitta October 13, 12:28

    I support Buhari as d candidate of ApC,he is a clean Man

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  4. So-Kleva
    So-Kleva October 13, 12:54

    Give me Buhari or give me nothing.

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  5. Senior
    Senior October 13, 12:57

    Ya his the right person 2 vote

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  6. BASH
    BASH October 13, 15:25

    OH GOD HAVE MERCY ON US AND GIVE US THIS MAN. I SWEAR BY THE LORD NIGERIA STAND TO GAIN BY VOTING THIS GOD FEARING MAN. MAY WE SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. BY THIS EMERGING TREND I HAVE A SIGH OF RELIEF. AND I SPEAK TENS OF MILLIONS OF NIGERIANS NORTH, SOUTH, WEST AND EAST. GOD! GRANT US LEADERS… I HEAR SOMEONE SAY BIG AMEEN!!!

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  7. oyekey
    oyekey October 13, 16:49

    Will need Buhari

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  8. rufa'i
    rufa'i October 13, 20:16

    Human being used to love person for a number of reasons. among which are: beautifulness,dedications, truthfulness, justice, heroes, transparency , accountability morals and many more; Buhari owns all and many more qualities. he’s d right solution to this country which we have witnessed for now. only God knows whether ‘s his a likes. we will support him with all our efforts to rich villa. long life Nigeria.

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  9. oscar
    oscar October 13, 22:19

    Immediately Buhari emerges, credible people like Odigie Oyegun,Ogbonnaya Onu, Audu Ogbeh,& others too numerous in APC to mention, should reach out to STAKE HOLDERS, in all d parties,especially NOW dat d difference is clear.

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  10. bolade ajasa
    bolade ajasa October 13, 23:01

    You are clearly pro-Buhari and your analysis based on hearsay.Atiku will defeat Buhari in any primaries and that is why Buhari is crying for Consensus candidacy,

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  11. tru9ja
    tru9ja October 13, 23:11

    YaAllah will I liv 2 c dz nu Nigerian? Tambuwal
    (APC) -gov Sokoto, Masari – gov Katsina, Elrufai-
    gov Kaduna, Amaechi- VP, Tinubu- Senate
    President….. Kwankwaso, Sylva, Fashola, all
    Ministers in Buhari’s cabinet in 2015

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  12. nicy
    nicy October 14, 00:03

    Pls God, make this a reality, give us GMB… We want to live a new, better country, not even a perfect one. Pls God, help!

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  13. henry
    henry October 15, 00:44

    Buhari Is the Best man for the job and not Atiku. Buhari or nobody else. And the moment APC fail to nominate Buhari it means they’ve already lost the election.

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