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EXCLUSIVE: REVEALED!!! 7 Political Heavy Weights In APC’s List That President Buhari Must Lobby In Kind Or In Cash In Order To Be Re-Elected In 2019 – FULL LIST

EXCLUSIVE: REVEALED!!! 7 Political Heavy Weights In APC’s List That President Buhari Must Lobby In Kind Or In Cash In Order To Be Re-Elected In 2019 – FULL LIST

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President Muhammadu Buhari is now set for re-election, having parted ways former President, Olusegun Obasanjo among others who strongly opposed the return bid of then-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Post-Nigeria exclusively gathered that Buhari’s headache now is how to attract and retain the support of some powerful personalities within the ruling party, whose disposition to his re-election is shaky.

Such people are strategic, and a force to be reckoned with in their geopolitical zones, so their support would inevitably ensure his victory. And in the event they fight him, or simply look the other way, Buhari would go back to the pre-2011 era when he garnered a whopping 12 million votes, enough to say someone had done well, but not enough.

1. Bola Tinubu

President Buhari and Tinubu have on the surface mended the wide gulf that threatened their pre-2015 alliance. This was evident in how Tinubu eulogised Buhari during his recent visit to Lagos. Before then, Buhari had cleared the course for reconciliation when he “favoured” Tinubu by surprisingly asking the John Odigie-Oyegun led National Executive Committee, NEC, to reverse itself, shelve the tenure elongation granted them and organize congresses and convention to elect new Leaders.

In retrospect, Tinubu had “gone to sleep” and left the APC reconciliation responsibility given to him by Buhari. The reason was simple – he was not in tune with the tenure elongation for party Leaders and wanted Oyegun to go.

Buhari and his handlers had sensed danger, remembering that 2015’s victory was not just pot luck. The Presidency came when Tinubu agreed to bring the South-West into the alliance. And unless history repeats itself and the South-West votes fall into Buhari’s ballot boxes, winning the game would be a herculean task.

Analysts say the President must maintain the alliance, but the fear is that some powerful forces, including a section of APC Governors, are working hard to ensure the return of Oyegun and others during the APC convention. And in the event the convention does not take place, the Governor Simon Lalong-led APC Technical Committee had made a recommendation that the February 27 decision which gave a one-year extension to NWC members should be upheld.

However, a key figure in the APC expressed worry. “Once they bring back the February 27 decision, Tinubu would go back to his shell and it would be catastrophic for the APC in the South-West.”

He said Tinubu would undoubtedly checkmate whatever damage Obasanjo could do in the South-West, insisting that the combined strength of all the Ministers from zone would not match Tinubu’s in mobilising votes for Buhari.

2. Bukola Saraki

With his firm control of Kwara State, goodwill in some North-Central States, strong followership in the Senate, and an array of his loyalists still calling shots in the PDP, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is certainly someone needed by President Buhari, to properly execute his 2019 campaign. At the build-up to the 2015 General elections, Saraki was among the key heavyweights who pulled resources together to form the APC, a development that provided the deathblow to their former party, the PDP.

The dramatic way key PDP members, including Saraki, dumped their party, changed the narrative and laid the foundation for Buhari’s victory.

Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State, came into the fold with a sitting Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmad, and many others.

Since June 9, 2015, Saraki political dynasty of Kwara has not left any stone unturned in spreading his political net. The No.3 citizen has weathered many storms, as, despite the corruption charges he is facing at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, he sits pretty in the driver’s seat at the Senate.

Although in recent times Saraki’s name keeps popping up as one of those eyeing the seat of the President, he has not formally declared that. Also, because of the crisis between the legislature and the executive, there are reports that he is mulling decampment.

If Saraki joins the Buhari campaign team, he would use his colleagues at the Senate and supporters cutting across APC and PDP to work for the President. There are 109 Senatorial districts in the country.

3. Rabiu Kwankwaso

The former Kano Governor has never hidden his Presidential ambition. In 2014, he came second after Buhari, defeating the likes of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar and others. At present, Kwankwaso has spread his tentacles in almost all the 36 States, and Abuja. He has been on a voyage from one political zone to the other, campaigning through his foundation, visiting places affected by the disaster, and paying courtesy calls on inmates in various prisons, in the process freeing many of them.

Many observers are saying Kwankwaso is in talks with Obasanjo. There are even claims that he would defect to the newly-reinvigorated Social Democratic Party, SDP, or the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, a claim which his handlers deny. His support for Buhari’s second term would be monumental, considering that he is a major power in Kano State.

4. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is one individual that President Buhari will have to with. Having served twice as a Lawmaker from 2003 to 2011, he became Speaker of the House of Representatives from then and served his 4-year tenure successfully.

While as Speaker, Tambuwal established and endeared himself to his colleagues. He easily picked the APC ticket for Sokoto State Governorship and won the elections in 2015. Because of his influence among members of the House, he contributed immensely to the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as his successor in the House.

However, before picking the Sokoto Governorship ticket, Tambuwal had wanted to contest for the Presidency via the APC.

Sources close to Tambuwal say his body language to date has been that of a politician yearning to rule Nigeria, such that some suggest that he may dump the ruling APC and join another party, possibly the opposition PDP to realize his aspiration. As it is, he is one of the few Governors that are yet to clearly come out to declare their support for Buhari’s second term bid. Because of his wide influence among Federal Lawmakers and fellow Governors, it is believed that Buhari will need him to be able to make headway in 2019. Tambuwal has also maintained good rapport with his predecessor, Aliyu Wammako, who is now an influential Senator. Sources say their combined goodwill can do incalculable damage if they dump Buhari.

6. Yakubu Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, by virtue of the seat he occupies, is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to political permutations. Despite the opposition he faced from his political party, the APC, Dogara emerged as a Speaker on June 9, 2015, in a keenly contested election. But since then, he has been carrying himself like an outcast in the party, though he appears to be close to President Buhari.

Like his predecessor, Dogara was a member of the PDP, and due to the subtle opposition he faces within the party, there are speculations that he is only waiting for the right time to join another party, maybe PDP.

Dogara is yet to indicate the direction he will follow and has not declared support for Buhari’s second term bid. Not only does he control his constituency of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa of Bauchi State, he also has influence in the other 259 Federal constituencies around the country since he controls a 360-member House. Being the No.4 citizen, he is someone the President needs.

7. The APC Presidential Campaign Council

Ahead of the 2015 elections, the APC Presidential Campaign Council was formed and thousands of volunteers were recruited. Many of them anticipated that they “would be carried along” after the elections. But three years in power, many are still waiting for their reward.

“It would be a different ball game in 2019,” said Ibrahim Jirgi, a member of the council. “I’m not sure if they would have as many volunteers as they got in 2015. Of course, some have been appointed into Boards, but the contributions of hundreds of others have not been appreciated. Many have grudges, some have died. Up till now, more than 60 percent of those who worked for Buhari’s Presidency have not been carried along,” he said.

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