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APC PRESIDENTIAL TICKET: Presidency weighs Ahmed Lawan, Yemi Osinbajo

APC PRESIDENTIAL TICKET: Presidency weighs Ahmed Lawan, Yemi Osinbajo

Ahead of Monday’s presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a clique around President Muhammadu Buhari has succeeded in selling the candidature of Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan to the president, according to a report from Daily Trust Saturday.

The report said the clique may present Lawan to the critical stakeholders of the party as his preferred candidate for the presidency.

Buhari had on Tuesday told governors who are members of the APC to support his candidate. He, however, did not mention who the person is.

Multiple sources told this paper that the clique, popularly known as the Villa Cabal, has secured the buy-in of the president for Lawan.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed former state governor to have said  Lawan was being forced on the president by the cabal.

“Buhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, a former director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, and the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, have succeeded in ramming Lawan down the throat of the president,” the source was quoted to have said.

He, however, said if the Senate president was forced on the party, it would be a recipe for disaster and implosion.

“Atiku Abubakar will be declared the president-elect by noon on the election day,” he said.

The newspaper also quoted an unnamed an ally of the president to have said the development would polarise the country.

“I just discussed the issue with one of the president’s aides. We should not allow this to happen. It is not good that after eight years, the president will be bringing another northerner as his successor. This is not good for us and the country.

Daily Trust Saturday had on May 17 reported that the promoters of Lawan’s candidature had reached out to Buhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura and the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe.

Daura, in July 2020, while featuring in a BBC Hausa Service interview, said there was no need for zoning the presidential ticket to any part of the country. His statement generated heated debate in the polity, with many construing it to be the position of the president, a claim that was punctured by the presidency.


After two postponements, the ruling party had fixed its presidential primary for June 6, 7 and 8.

Tinubu reacts

Daily Trust Saturday gathered that the public outburst of Tinubu in Ogun State on Thursday was as a result of the feelers from the presidency that Buhari was backing a northern candidate.

Tinubu, at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while addressing APC delegates, said, “If not for me that stood behind Buhari, he wouldn’t have become the president.”

Scary Security Reports

Daily Trust Saturday said the presidency had received a security report stating that the polity would be charged should the party’s ticket be retained in the North.

“There is security report that the polity would be charged and the 2023 general elections obstructed if Asiwaju and some of the prominent aspirants are forced out of the race.

The presidency is therefore toying with the idea of choosing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“The idea is that by the time Osinbajo is chosen, the South in general will have no reason to protest or do anything funny. Also, the decision will reduce religious and regional tension in the country, including a section of the North.

“So, if by the end of the day he wins, so be it, and if he loses, nobody will complain because the whole idea is to deny Tinubu the presidency,” the source said.

Another source said Tinubu’s outburst on Thursday was not unconnected with the fact that he was aware of this plan.

“It is obvious that he knows he is out of the calculation at present; that is why he started talking openly, not minding the implication. I know that while they are working hard to ensure that Lawan gets the ticket, they would support Osinbajo at the end of the day, even if he would be defeated. In fact, some of them wouldn’t mind if Atiku wins,” he said.


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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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