All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, along with colleagues from the Peoples Democratic Party and former Deputy President Atiku Abubakar, began searching for their colleagues on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Tinubu Campaign Organization, Mr Bayo Onanuga, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the candidate for the APC presidential election would meet with APC governors who said they would elect the former Lagos State president.
It has also been speculated that Tinubu will meet with party leaders, including the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, before the end of the week.
As Tinubu began searching for his partner, Atiku on Wednesday held a closed meeting with PDP rulers in Abuja with the aim of electing a candidate for the party’s vice president.
In the first APC presidential race, which started on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday, Tinubu received 1,271 votes to get the party’s presidential ticket.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission of the Assembly, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi Province, Eagle Square, Abuja announced that the former Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, received 316 votes; Deputy President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, 235 votes; former Minister of Public Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, one vote; Senator Rochas Okorocha and Rev. Tunde Bakare won the by-elections.
On Monday, northern rulers were pushing for a change of power in the South despite a national chairman approving Senate President Ahmad Lawan in the North-East as a candidate for the party.
Tinubu, in his acceptance speech after his victory, said those who did not support him should not be afraid.
He continued, “Our full youth are a great asset to our country. We will create job opportunities for our youth from the Zamfara and Osun gold mines to major agricultural areas across the country. We will create new opportunities in the field of Fintech, the arts and entertainment industries, digital skills and other fields. ”
However, there were strong indications on Wednesday that both Tinubu and Atiku had begun searching for their colleagues ahead of the June 17 Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) deadline for parties to submit a list of candidates.
In an interview with PUNCH, Onanuga said Tinubu already had a plan with APC governors that if he appeared to represent the party, the governors would decide who to elect.
According to him, Tinubu prefers collective responsibility rather than doing it alone.
The spokesman said, “The Deputy President can come from any region and religion. But PGF is free to choose. So far, we all know that Atiku did not vote for a VP. Yet he was chosen before him. But for us the story of the party.
“Party leaders will look at opportunities and decide how to balance the Muslims of the South, perhaps with someone from the North East, the North-Central or the North West. It is done that way. I can’t avoid the team. The PGF led by Governor Atiku Bagudu has a duty to elect a suitable deputy, ”he said.
Asked when Tinubu could meet with the governors, Onanuga emphasized that although the date had not yet been determined, it would not be long.
“You already have a good relationship with everyone. You also need to understand that you recently picked up a presidential ticket. I am also sure that the issue of electing the right person to be the VP will be in the minds of the party leadership and the APC governors.
“In the meantime, we want to take a break and relax from the stress of the recently concluded campaign.”
Katsina Regional Assistant Governor Aminu Masari, who spoke openly to PUNCH, said the candidate would meet with northern governors in Abuja before the weekend.
He said, “The issue of who will run for the presidency has been resolved even before the presidential election. In every direction, things are going according to plan while the North West elders have nominated one of the most prominent and trusted members of the party as his deputy. ”
The Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has said that the candidate for the APC presidential election may come from the northeast geopolitical zone.
According to Ado-Doguwa, this is based on the current APC design plan.
Speaking to Politics Today, the current news program on Channels Television, a few hours after the first APC presidential meeting on Wednesday, Ado-Doguwa said the incumbent vice-president could come from the Northeast while the ruling party leadership was deliberately deliberating. on the religious aspect.
When one of our correspondents contacted the APC National Marketing Secretary, Felix Morka, he did not pick up the phone or reply to an SMS.
Meanwhile, Atiku and other APC governors congratulated Tinubu on his appearance as APC president.
The Governor of Kano District, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in a statement, said the former Governor of Lagos Province “has the capacity to provide the necessary leadership that will unite and continue to ensure the achievement of the country’s democracy.”
On their side, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, praised Tinubu.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement to his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, described Tinubu as his adviser and democratic.
In a separate statement from his Secretary-General, Umar Puma, the deputy speaker outlined the key factors that produced Tinubu as an APC candidate as one of the most prominent in the country.
Candidate for the APC leadership position in Benue State, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia, in a statement to his deputy, Tinubu’s appearance followed a global democratic process and expressed confidence that Nigerians would vote for him.