Prior to the 2019 presidential elections, Alhaji Abdullahi Sugar, a political associate of past Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has warned northerners against the alleged moves of former president Olusegun Obasanjo to force one of his ‘boys’ on the North in 2019 for the presidency.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Sugar said that the former president was working hard to force either Governor Nasir el-Rufai or Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on the region.
“We, northerners, must be wary of these antics. It has happened before and we should not allow it to happen again. He, Obasanjo, should allow the people’s will to prevail.
“Why is he plotting for Kwankwaso and El-Rufai when more, better politicians are on ground? He should allow the people’s will to prevail and not his.
“Tell him that Nigerians are now more enlightened politically than in 2007.
Sugar, who said Atiku would contest in 2019, stated that Nigerians from all parts of the country were in support of his ambition.
“Obasanjo had on many occasions said Atiku will not in his lifetime become president. We are praying for him to live long so that he can witness the emergence of Atiku as president.
“Atiku is not looking for presidency from Obasanjo, but from Allah, who gives power to anybody He wishes, without the endorsement of people like Obasanjo, he added.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that political alignment and realignment are quietly ongoing and will gradually unfold to the shock, surprise, annoyance, joy of many Nigerians depending on affiliations.
Although president Muhammadu Buhari has not made known his stand about running for a second term in office in 2019, early feelers however indicated that the country’s power brokers and kingmakers are already in search of his successor.
According to The Sun, President Buhari may have lost interest in a second term in office and consequently has forced the power brokers out to shop for a new leader to succeed him.
As a result of that, former Heads of State all retired Generals – Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar had met at the home of IBB in Minna, on May 2nd.
The discussion of the meeting which was not made public was dominated by President Buhari’s successor.
Consequently, the generals had agreed that the next Nigerian president must be below 70 in age but may come from any tribe or region.
A source close to the leaders told the Sun that:
“It was agreed that the next president must be under 70, must be a pan-Nigeria personality from any part of the country. Ethnicity and religion must also not be a barrier.”
The source also claimed that “they considered some top politicians who have indicated interest, even though quietly, in the race and they zeroed in on a few they could identify on the spot, who also met their set criteria.
1. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso- A 60-year-old former governor of Kano and now a serving Senator.
2. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal- The current governor of Sokoto state. He is 51 years old.
3. Donald Duke- A former Cross River state governor who is 55 years old.
4. Adams Oshiomhole- The immediate past governor of Edo state. He is 65 years old. They are all from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.