The All Progressives Congress seems to have closed down any thought of Plan B in the build-up to the 2019 elections.
Investigations by PoliticsNGR indicate that stakeholders of the party are currently stuck with President Muhammadu Buhari as their presidential candidate in 2019.
A section of party leaders initially believed that the president would not contest or run for a second term in the upcoming elections hoping that it would favour younger members of the party but what is currently on ground shows that the party has no other choice but to field Buhari in 2019.
Party sources said that only Buhari could keep the party together beyond 2019. An insider who pleaded anonymity told Sunday Tribune;
“Notwithstanding the widespread call on Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, the reality in the APC is to the contrary. We have seen that the unity of the party cannot be guaranteed without Buhari. The interests are just too diverse,”.
Another source stated that without Buhari, the struggle for the control of the party and its apparatuses would become overwhelming and thus threaten the possibility of anyone using the structure as an election vehicle.
For instance, a source said that a huge battle that would overtake the APC in the absence of a Buhari candidacy would pitch the party’s national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, against the like of Governors Nasir El-Rufai, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Kaduna and Sokoto states, as well as Senate President Bukola Saraki against one another. A source added that no party would survive a battle in which such stakeholders knock heads.
It was also gathered that Tinubu was already considering backing Buhari in 2019 to ensure that power would rotate to the South-West in 2019.
The former Lagos State governor is said to be rethinking opposition to Buhari with the plan that he or Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo could seek election as president in 2023.