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2015: Men who would be President

| May 5, 2013 More

Though it is almost two years to May, 2015 when the tenure of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan will expire, there has been agitation among top politicians in the country to succeed him. The political landscape has been under pressure with maneouvering among different political parties and camps as to how to realise their ambition of governing the nation in 2015.

What makes it more complex is the fact that President Jonathan has not officially disclosed to the country as to whether he is going for another term or not.

The feverish condition is more noticeable in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where many aspirants have either made known their ambition or their posters have been pasted in different states of the country. Also, the intrigues and crisis in the ruling party is being linked with the struggle among different camps in the party towards presenting the party’s presidential candidate, who may eventually become the next president in the country.

Names that are being mentioned, linked with it or have shown that they are interested in the race under the PDP include the incumbent President Jonathan who is believed, especially through the utterances of his aides, to be interested in the race. Others are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Niger State Governor, Alhaji

Babangida Aliyu;

Governor of Bauchi State, Dr. Isa Yuguda and the governor of Kano State, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. In the emerging party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, the presidential aspirants include former military Head of State and former presidential candidate of the Congress of Progressive Changes, CPC, in the last presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and a former governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau

Jonathan/ Sambo

The scheming going on in the PDP seems to suggest that President Jonathan may be going for another term in 2015. What might have served as a logjam in the way to realise his ambition of governing the country after 2015 was the controversy over his eligibility.

But a Federal High Court ruling that declared him fit for the election has been an encouragement and motivation for him to declare his ambition. Though Jonathan has not formally indicated his decision to run in 2015, political analysts and watchers believe the scheming going on in the PDP is being tailored to facilitate his emergence as the candidate of the party.

A former Minister and member of the National Working Committee, NWC, Mrs Kema Chikwe, has ‘confirmed’ that Jonathan would contest the 2015 presidential election . She made this known while speaking in Abuja at the presentation of “PDP Women- In-Power 2013 Calendar”, in the presence of the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who was seen nodding in agreement with Chikwe’s statement. “We are even more confident that when President Goodluck Jonathan returns in 2015, women would be talking about 50 per cent and not 35 per cent,” she said on the occasion.

Another contentious issue is, who will Jonathan pair with Jonathan if eventually he gives his nod for another term? It is the belief of many that Jonathan will want to reward the unalloyed loyalty being given to him and his government by the incumbent Vice-President, Namadi Sambo. But it was gathered that party leaders in the North are beckoning on Jonathan to look towards one of the northern PDP governors as possible Vice-President. The name of Kano State governor, Kwankwaso, is said to be top on the list of those being suggested to him. It is the belief of these northern PDP leaders that Sambo’s popularity and political relevance, even in his Kadua home-state has waned.

LAMIDO/ AMAECHI

After months of what looks like a rumour, the campaign posters of the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, urging for their presidential and vice-presidential tickets in 2015, respectively, flooded the streets of Minna, the Niger State capital.

There have been no official words from the duo as to whether they will run or not and whether they are planning to pair as presidential and vice-presidential candidate in the 2015 election.

However, the residents of Minna woke up few weeks ago to find in strategic places, the A2-size, intimidating posters of Amaechi/Lamido presidential ticket. The posters appealed for Nigerians’ support for the Lamido/Amaechi ticket. The posters, which have the logo of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also bore the photographs of Lamido and Amaechi. It read: ‘’Support Alhaji Sule Lamido and Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for President 2015.’’ The sponsors of the posters were not known to the public as nobody in the PDP was ready to own up to pasting them.

Though the people behind the pasting of posters have remained unknown, political analysts believe that the creation of the PDP Governors Forum out of the Nigeria Governors Forum which Amaechi is leading; the grounding of the River State aircraft and the dismantling of the PDP Executive in Rivers State-persons who were loyal to Amaechi-are all fallout of the posters that surfaced in Minna.

Lamido, an experienced politician, was born on 30 August 1948 in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu Local Government area of Jigawa State. He was the National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, under which the late mogul, Chief M.K.O Abiola, contested the June 12, 1993 presidential election . He was appointed Foreign Minister in June 1999. He became the governor of Jigawa State in May 2007, on the platform of the PDP and he will be rounding off his second term as governor.

Amaechi who is touted to be his running mate, was a former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. It is on record that he didn’t contest the 2007 governorship election but the Supreme Court declared him the winner because he won the party’s primary but was not presented for the election by his party, the PDP. Celestine Omehia who was presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and won the election, was removed by the court. He contested also contested for second term and won in 2011, and he is, therefore, rounding off his second term ticket.

Amaechi is currently the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum. Babangida Aliyu Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was born in Minna in Niger State on November 12, 1955 and is a second term governor of the state. He wields a lot of influence as the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum. Though he has not formally declared his intention to run for the Presidency in 2015, many believe that he is being tipped by northern leaders who believe it is their turn to rule the nation. Aliyu himself stirred a hornet’s nest recently when he said that the agreement between the northern governors and President Jonathan is that he (Jonathan) will run for a single term. The controversy that greeted this, was enormous. He is said to be receiving a lot of support from the northern leaders, especially the Minna mafia led by former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd).

RABIU MUSA KWANKWASO

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was born on April 26 2011. In 1999, he was elected as Kano State governor on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and served a four-year term from 1999 – 2003. He sought for re-election and lost to the All Nigerian Peoples Party candidate, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.

Kwankwaso was appointed Minister of Defence, after the loss and he served till 2006 until he was moved to serve as Special Adviser to the President on Dafur and Somalia, a postion he occupied for a year.

He was later appointed Representative of the North-West geo-political zone in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), from 2009 – 2010. He made a historic comeback eight years after he vacated the Government House, with a political ideology known as the “Kwankwasiyya movement” which is symbolized by the red cap and white brocade.

His 2015 presidential campaign posters flooded the streets of Bauchi few weeks back. Though he has not declared his intention, he is being touted as the one that will succeed Jonathan come 2015.

ISA YUGUDA

Mallam Isa Yuguda was born on 15 June 1956 in Yuguda and was elected Governor of Bauchi State in April 2007 on the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, platform. In April 2009, he changed allegiance from the ANPP to the PDP .

He was re-elected governor on April 28, 2011. Earlier in 2000, Yuguda had been appointed Minister of State for Transport in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He was moved to the Ministry of Aviation (May 2003 – June 2005). He is among the northern PDP Governor being touted as likely successor to Jonathan

AMINU TAMBUWAL

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives was born on January 10, 1966 in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal. Tambuwal has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.

At various times, Tambuwal has been a member of several committees including the House Committees on Rules Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter- Parliamentary and Water Resources. He was also a member of the House Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review. He was chairman of the adhoc committee that reviewed the report of the controversial power probe committee headed by Ndudi Elumelu; chairman, House Sub-Committee on the Bill for an Act to Amend the Land Use Act, and acting chairman, House Committee on Power.

His name came to the fore as one of the likely presidential candidate in the 2015 general election when former President, General Ibrahim Babangida, told a gathering in Lagos recently that Tambuwal deserves a higher post in 2015. Many have interpreted that to be a signature to Tambuwal’s presidential ambition in the next election. Though Tambuwal has said that he has no plan to contest the 2015 presidential election, it was gathered that most members of the House of Representatives are urging him to run.

MUHAMMADU BUHARI/ TINUBU

Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, is hoping to contest the presidential election in 2015 alongside former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, under a planned merger party, the APC. Buhari has made his intention known to the public that he is going for the Number One seat, come 2015.

Buhari had earlier contested the presidential election and lost in 2003 and 2007 under the ANPP and in 2011, under the CPC. Tinubu, who is the national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, is believed to have the South-West ‘in his pocket’ and it is believed that the pair of Tinubu and Buhari will give the PDP candidate a run for his money in the next election, despite being a Muslim- Muslim ticket.

IBRAHIM SHEKARAU

Shekarau Ibrahim Shekarau, born November 5, 1955, was elected Governor of Kano State in April 2003, and was re-elected in April 2007. He is a member of the ANPP. He contested the 2011 presidential election in 2011. He is being touted as the likely presidential candidate of the proposed mega party by many political analysts who feel he will be more acceptable to Nigerians, especially the Southerners, who see Buhari as a radical.

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