The shadow boxing and positioning for Political offices in the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially over the party’s vice presidential ticket has come to a head and pitched no less than six members of the Progressive Governors against one another.
Slugging it for the number two ticket in the race for 2023 include the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State; his close ally Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), and Mohammed Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State (Calculator Jigawa), a strong member of the tripod that runs the APC.
Other contestants for the VP Ticket, under the ruling party, according to party stakeholders, include the two Bellos, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello.
Prof Umaru Zullum of Borno State has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for VP even though his associates try to dismiss his aspiration as the handiwork of detractors.
The stiff contest, we gathered, has also created confusion in the proposed zoning arrangement, jeopardizing the party’s forthcoming national convention as result.
The party, as at today, is in confusion over where to zone the chairmanship and other offices of the new NWC.
It is partly for this reason the move to shift the date of the Convention by a few weeks appears to be gaining traction among stakeholders of the party.
In all this, one thing that has remained constant from the posturing of political gladiators, according to our source, is the fact that all aspirants from the North appears to have accepted the reality that power must rotate South of the country at the expiration of the term of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Information garnered also suggest that most zones in the north have consistently rejected party positions that could injure the ambition of some of the governors.
For instance, the North Central has all along been tipped to produce the chairman of the new National Working Committee (NWC), which was the reason some of the best names like Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura, Senator George Akume, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa,
Turaki Saliu Mustapha threw their hats into the ring initially for the party’s National Chairmanship slot.
All that seem to have fizzled out with six days to the proposed February 26 National Convention date.
The interest of the zone seems to have changed even as new entrants for the position of national chairmanship join the race.