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Who Will Contend With Buhari In 2019?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the prospect of President Muhammadu Buhari and other possible contenders for the country’s number one seat in 2019.


I have been thinking, who will compete with President Muhammadu Buhari since he declared his intention to run in 2019 presidential election.


Not only did I ponder about the serious contenders in the All Progressives Congress, APC but also ruminated over those that could give the president runs for his money from other political parties.


I thought so much about the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and not yet convinced about the party’s readiness to produce a formidable character that can kick out Buhari in 2019.


Buhari was in London on Monday but witnessed a protest by Nigerians in the United Kingdom who described his government as the worst in the country. The protesters said they would do all within their powers to remove Buhari in 2019.


Yes, the present government has not done enough to win the confidence of many Nigerians, the question is who replaces Buhari even if the president changes his mind from contesting in 2019.


In PDP, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may eventually emerge, going by his moves to convince the party of his readiness to lead the country. He has the clouts; he has the idea, experience and of course the programme but the question of integrity creates a dent that may affect the candidature of Atiku for the presidency in Nigeria of today.


Another PDP hopeful is Sule Lamido whose emergence could only divide the north but may not have the strength to defeat Buhari in the election proper.


In APC, there is the factor of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. He knows his onions but his trials by the Code of Conduct Tribunal can be a clog in his wheel.


I know that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former Kano State Governor is in for the race but has remained silent since Buhari declared his intention. Kwankwaso will definitely contest but may not be flying under APC. I foresee him crossing to PDP to battle Buhari.


Saraki and Kwankwaso do not have what it takes currently to defeat Buhari at the presidential primary. So, it is almost certain Buhari’ll be retained as APC’s presidential flagbearer.


But despite the growing insecurity and economic hardship across Nigeria, the country’s major opposition party, PDP, is yet to seriously position itself as an alternative to the ruling APC. Thus, Buhari might still return in 2019 as Nigeria’s president.


Atiku could get PDP’s ticket. But without Kwankwaso and Lamido, the critical North-West votes will not be there for the party during the general elections. Atiku has cross-party appeal. So does Kwankwaso. But unlike Atiku, Kwankwaso has minimal negative public opinion baggage.


Still scratching my head! I think about what former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement may do in 2019. This group is dead on arrival. At present, only the motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye and the Publisher of the Sahara Reporter have shown some interests in contesting for the country number one seat.


They are youths but in their late 40s. It is not clear that the time has come for the youths now, except there is a money bag hiding somewhere to sponsor the youths for this position.

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