2015: Tambuwal Faces Rejection from APC Governors, Buhari their Preferred Choice
There are indications that governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may reject the bid of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to secure the presidential ticket of the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Tambuwal who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC), changed the calculus within and outside the party, when his colleagues and political associates picked the APC presidential nomination and presented it to the speaker to join the race.
Before now, Tambuwal was touted to be nursing the idea of running for the governor of Sokoto State even though he is yet to publicly declare his political ambition. He is also yet to personally announce if he has accepted to run for President under the platform of the party.
In any case, the APC governors are said not to be disposed of him running for president. Instead, they may queue behind a onetime former head of state and leader of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari.
According to report, the APC governors are suspecting that those asking the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to pick the presidential form are enemies of the party.
One of them is reported to have said they were not worried with Tambuwal’s picking of the party’s presidential form, because they know he’s not going far.
“We expected him to focus on him becoming the governor of Sokoto State. He’s a good product anyway, but he’s not ripe for Presidency now. He can’t defeat President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Another governor, who’s from the North, said Tambuwal’s entrance could be a ploy by pro-Jonathan sympathisers within the party who he said, could be looking for a weak candidate that the president could easily over-run.
He said he and some leaders within the party were informed the national leadership of the party and the Presidency were scared of a Buhari challenge.
He said this could be the main reason the pro-Jonathan people within the party could have sold a dummy to Tambuwal, deceiving him that he’s young and would be liked by all.
He said, “We know what’s going on. We are not being deceived. Those saying Tambuwal is young and vibrant are saying the truth, but his time hasn’t come. He doesn’t have the capacity to command the followership in the north and the entire country.
“This is not the time to allow anyone to sell any dummy to the party. It is a national party and not a regional party anymore.
“If there is anyone who think he can betray us at this stage, the person must think twice. We like Tambuwal, but he can’t be our candidate for now.”
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