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APC shops for presidential candidate •Eyes Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Buhari •May dump Tambuwal

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LEADERS of the merging political parties, under the aegis of All Progressive Congress (APC), have commenced fresh moves in their search for presidential hopeful ahead of the 2015 election, sources close to the parties have said.

Investigations by Sunday Tribune confirmed that three shades of opinion have already emerged with the groups rooting for different aspirants.

It was revealed that while one of the groups is in favour of a plan to draft Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, into the race, others are of the view that General Muhammadu Buhari could run alongside Senator Bola Tinubu in a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Others are said to be rooting for the return of former presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

A meeting of top members of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) held in Abuja was said to have dissected the developments in the merging parties, indicating that opinions are clearly divided among leaders of the parties on who to field for the 2015 race.

It was also revealed that the parties might eventually drop the plan to field Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, as the new thinking appears to be in favour of Kwakwanso.

A source at the meeting remarked that, “apart from the associated hiccups regarding registration of the mega political party, another major problem confronting the merging parties has to do with the issue of choice of presidential and vice presidential candidates.”

Another source revealed that the search for the presidential hopeful has led to the emergence of three distinct groups bordering on the interest of the respective groups.

One of the groups is said to have started canvassing that Kano State governor be dragged into the APC to contest as presidential candidate of the party, with the South-West geopolitical zone producing the vice-presidential candidate.

Another group is said to be agitating for the choice of General Buhari alongside Senator Tinubu, while a third, made up of the young Turks in the parties, is said to be agitating for the emergence of Ribadu.

It was further revealed that those canvassing the choice of Governor Kwakwanso have argued that the APC could be constrained with campaign funds and that the party does not need to source funds from foreign land to make impact.

Another source added that those clamouring for Kwakwanso saw him as a no-nonsense and strong personality, while also pointing to his perceived good performance and stewardship in Kano State.

He is also said to possess the needed financial clout which would come handy during the electioneering.

“Kwankwanso is seen as the better option and alternative the APC would have if there should be problems over the chances of Buhari’s candidacy,” said a source.

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