presidential ticket: Panic in South as Northern aspirants plot major shocker
In the past 48hours, two wannabes from the north, Sani Yerima and Abubakar Bagudu have announced interest in the official ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr Yerima previously picked the type of the party, subsequent to tending to his allies at the Nicon Luxury inn in Abuja. Furthermore, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan is accepted to counsel in a bid to join the race.
The new contestants from the north are producing worries in the South due to the quantity of people that have up until this point pronounced in the South.
As of Friday, just States in the south that have no wannabes are: Osun, Oyo and Bayelsa States.
For example, Ogun State has four wannabes; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, previous Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Pastor Tunde Bakare and previous Speaker Dimeji Bankole.
In certain states, there are two wannabes. In Ebonyi, Governor David Umahi and Minister for Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Additionally, in Imo State, there is previous Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba.
Others in the race are Kayode Fayemi, the legislative head of Ekiti State, the Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ben Ayade, previous Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Minister of Labor Chris Ngige, previous Labor Leader, Adams Oshiomole, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, Sen Boroffice Ajayi, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and others.
During the week, the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu had raised the caution on the chance of the ticket slipping from the grasp of the South.
In an explanation, he asked the party to zone the pass toward the south, for the sake of equity, value and decency.
Lead representative Akeredolu cautioned: “It is practical that we keep away from self-incurred emergencies before the overall decisions. It is the turn of the Southern piece of the country to create the following president. The party initiative ought to have no trouble in making proclamations on this vital issue, similarly as it has fixed different expenses for the acquisition of structures.”
While the administration of the party is yet to regard the call by Akeredolu, government officials from the South are in full craze in getting the N100 million structure. Altogether, around 24 applicants have either proclaimed or purchased the assignment structure.
It isn’t simply Akeredolu that is concerned. Edwin Clark, a senior legislator, while talking with columnists in Abuja on Monday, depicted the purchasing of structures by southern government officials as “franticness”.
He denounced South-West and South competitors in the race of playing a twofold game.
In response, the previous Governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande and his associate from Ogun State, Segun Osoba gathered a gathering of the competitors from the South-West in a bid to diminish the quantity of applicants, which remains at 7 as of the hour of documenting this story.
The possibilities changing the personalities of the candidates might demonstrate troublesome on the grounds that the vast majority of the hopefuls have paid the N100 million selection structure and articulation of interest.
“Tragically, the president has been giving gestures to everybody, sadly for the party, this won’t resemble the public show. It’s not possible for anyone to arrange anybody to venture down,” a source in the camp of one of the hopefuls told DAILY POST.
Everyday POST discovered that the southwest gathering didn’t accomplish the plan of decreasing the competitors from the district.
At first, it was just lead representative Yahaya Bello that was in the race from the North. For the majority of the hopefuls, Bello seems not to represent a danger, since he is from the North Central.
“With Bello, we realize that he is staying put, yet a competitor from the northwest is a danger, especially with the roundabout essential.
“In the South-West, delegates are isolated, same in the South-East and South. A competitor from any of the center north could take the ticket at the essential,” the source said.
The decision party previously broadened the ideal opportunity for the offer of the structures till the twelfth of May, and that implies there is probability of having more competitors, including some from the north.
Insiders inside the party are worried about the probability of the Peoples Democratic Party picking a northern applicant with a solid following and the resultant impact on the possibilities of the party.
It would be reviewed that most wannabes from the north in the PDP host contended that the get-together should think about picking a competitor from the north, to overcome the APC.
There are people inside the APC who likewise have a similar worry about picking a southern up-and-comer against a northern up-and-comer.
Competition in the south
A few wannabes from the South-East have grimaced against the mission by competitors from the South and South-West. Orji Uzor Kalu, the previous legislative head of Abia State, who is additionally in the race, in a letter, said on the off chance that the party can’t zone their pass toward the South-East, then the challenge ought to be opened up.
“Actually the North is more profitable to winning decisions in this fair setting. I’m even stunned with the quantity of applicants coming from the South-West and the South.
“It is humiliating that these applicants (APC and PDP) have no single regard and worry for the South East,” he said.
On Friday, David Umahi, the legislative leader of Ebonyi State, in a meeting on Channels TV, likewise hammered the competitors from the other two locales for not offering the South-East the chance considering the way that the district is yet to get the chance for an equitably chosen president or bad habit.
With this multitude of difficulties in the South, the chance of a northern up-and-comer arising appears to be possible.