National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu and Former Kwara State Governor, Bukola Saraki, will support former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari. TheCable reports
The primary election which is scheduled for December 2 will be an indirect primary voting system. The crisis over the method had torn the supporters of Buhari and Atiku apart.
Despite intense pressures to step down for Buhari, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has continued with hia plan and will announce his candidature formerly next week wednesday.
Tinubu’s decision to back Buhari is believed to be a major boost to the ambition of the retired General, whose toughest opponent in the primary will be former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.
When the current structure of the party is taken into consideration, Tinubu and his associates are expected to have majority of thedelegates who will vote in the primary which will be held simultaneously in the 36 states and the FCT.
Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and former governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva are also rooting for Buhari. This obviously makes Buhari the favourite to win most south-west, north-west and south-south votes
Meanwhile, Atiku looks set to garner a majority of delegate votes from the north-east and south-east, and a significant number from the north-central.
Tinubu’s support for Buhari is said to be hinged on Tinubu’s belief that Atiku is “too desperate” to become president, an ambition that has seen him change parties in almost every election year.
A senior member of APC, who also chairs a state chapter of the party, told TheCable“what Nigeria needs now is leadership and Asiwaju (Tinubu) is convinced beyond reasonable doubt Buhari is the best bet to deliver it.”
“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 that: “In any case, Tinubu has nothing to fear. All attempts to probe him have always ended up vindicating him.
Buhari will officially launch his presidential campaign at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Wednesday