2019 Presidency: Obasanjo, Northern Leaders, Implicated As Secret Plot To Unseat Buhari Gets Bloody 

By Amako Nneji January 9, 2017 09:26

2019 Presidency: Obasanjo, Northern Leaders, Implicated As Secret Plot To Unseat Buhari Gets Bloody 

The alleged move to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari, has started gathering dust among political gladiators, as Northern Governors, have lined up some prominent political actors, for the 2019 Presidency.

The move became more open when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, recently sent a strong signal to Buhari, through his body language and utterance, that he might not support him, come 2019.

It was gathered that some Governors within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are banking their preparations on the possibility that Buhari may not run for a second term.

It was gathered that within the APC, three Governors from the North-West, are currently working underground to ensure that they get the ticket of the party.

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One of the Governors, who is believed to be very close to the President, is also said to be warming up for the battle.

Sources said that the Governor has also occupied himself with mobilization of forces, even outside the APC; mobilizing even members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to cross over to the APC.

A top member of the PDP in the South-West, who is a former Minister, was among those contacted by the Governor, to move over to the APC.

A source close to the former Minister, confirmed that the Governor contacted the former Minister to join the APC.

He said: “The Governor has been calling him to join the APC. I don’t know what the situation is now, but they have been talking for some time, to join the APC. That was before the EFCC arrested the former Minister, and took him to court. He is still keeping his cards open.”

Another source close to an APC Senator, who preferred anonymity, said that: “most of the APC Governors in the North, are open for the Presidency.

“Those who are not working openly, are working secretly. But as you know, they are watching developments at the Villa. They want to be sure the President is not running, before they come out in the open.

“Some of the Governors are all working and waiting for the President to make up his mind.

“The problem is that, the President is not showing any sign on the direction he might go.

“But left with the Governors, they would want him to take the Nelson Mandela option; do one term, and leave in 2019.

“Many of them are hoping that the option would be accepted by the President,” the source said.

He added: “But while the APC Governors and stalwarts, like former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, are keeping their plans under wraps, and waiting on Buhari, that is not the case with the PDP leaders in the North.’’

Currently, a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has declared his intention to run for the Presidency in 2019, declaring that only God can stop him.

He was recently in Bayelsa State, with a former Governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, to visit Governor Seriake Dickson.  Shekarau is also said to be interested in the race.

Lamido, has also been to Ekiti, Osun, and Gombe States, among others, in his bid to talk sense into the party faithfuls.

Although, Atiku has severally denied having any ambition for now, his name keeps popping up at both the APC and PDP camps.

However, his major obstacle to the Presidency, remains his former boss, Obasanjo, who has ensured that Atiku neither emerges on both platforms in the past.

It was further learnt that the former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, who has been having a running battle with his Governor, Ibrahim Ganduje, who he installed, might also have an interest in the race.

Kwankwaso, has kept a low profile, partly because of his battles in Kano. There have been speculations for a long time, that he might return to the PDP, owing to his marginalization in the APC.


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