Younger presidential aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly called on former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to step down from running for the party’s presidential ticket.
Buhari, the object of the alleged gang-up, was however said to have travelled abroad for a comprehensive medical check up ahead of his declaration for the 2015 presidential contest, Vanguard reported, citing sources.
Close associates of the general who had earlier chosen September 1 to announce Buhari’s intention to vie for the presidential ticket of the party, were yesterday, said to be contemplating the deferment of the launch on account of the APC chieftain’s absence.
Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso, Leadership Newspaper publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah are also said to be interested in picking up the presidential ticket of the country’s major opposition political party.
The intentions of the party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu however remain unclear as party insiders spoke yesterday of unclear signals from the former Lagos governor on his intentions.
Also in the permutation of party insiders is Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who though still a member of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is believed to be a top contender for the presidential ticket of the opposition party.
Meanwhile, the party has called on past leaders of the country to salvage the country from total collapse in the hands of present administration.
National chairman of the party Chief John Oyegun made the call when he led top members of the party to the Up Hill resident of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida on a courtesy visit Thursday night.
He noted that with what was going on in the country, Nigeria’s future was very bleak both economically and socially with the electorate left to suffer from the mismanagement of the country’s resources and that it was now left for the past leaders to join hands together to bring the country to its right path.