Disenchanted over President Mohammadu Buhari’s poor performance, some state Governors from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and the opposition people’s Democratic Party, PDP, may have struck an agreement to back one of theirs for President in 2019.
This is even as cabals in Buhari’s Presidency have also perfected plans to blackmail state Governors who campaigns against Buhari ahead of 2019, using records of how Governors are allegedly looting bailout funds and Paris refunds.
Sources close to the Nigerian Governors Forum hinted Pointblanknews.com that ahead of the 2019 presidential elections, the Governors have closed ranks and vowed to ensure Buhari is not supported for a second term but rather a member of the forum or a former Governor.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State are spearheading the anti-Buhari campaign in the North. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state who recently hosted President Buhari is allegedly supporting Atiku for President and have been clandestinely working for Atiku’s Presidency while at the same time pledging support for Buhari.
Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, the source hinted, is neither here nor there as he is trying not to rock the boat and jeopardize a chance of picking the APC Presidential ticket should Buhari decides not to run in 2019.
Governors Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State, former Governor Sule Lamido, Rabiu Musa Kwamkwaso, Ahmed Makarfi, have all made moves to contest for the 2019 Presidential election on the platform of the APC or PDP.
The source who would not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the issue disclosed that the Governors reasoned that Buhari should be the last former military man to be presented for a presidential election and should not be supported for a second term.
Another reason adduced by the Governors, according to sources is that while Buhari has reached his last political lap, it would amount to a political suicide should they continue to tag along with him at a time his administration has been adjudged to have failed.
According to the source, the reason why the APC Governors have not yet declared a support for Buhari’s second term is as a result of what some of them described as “a new strategic thinking.”
The source confirmed the Governors stressed that there decision is not about party politics but to save themselves from political doom having observed that Buhari’s support base has been reduced drastically, leaving them in a political limbo.
It was gathered that from public opinion, President Buhari no longer has a strong support base in the North and South West and as such would become very difficult to market during the 2019 campaigns.
Meanwhile, sources have confirmed to pointblanknews.com that most APC Governors seen to be working against Buhari’s second term bid are being closely monitored and records of expenditures of the Paris refunds and bailout funds being kept.
Director General of State Security Services, DSS, Mamman Daura, is said to have been specifically mandated to gather information about Governors expenditures of allocations including Paris refunds and Government bailouts ahead of 2019 elections.
A Governor who spoke to Pointblanknews.com but would want to remain anonymous said, “I have nothing to hide, my expenditures of all funds would be made public but the truth is, I cannot commit a political suicide and support Buhari’s candidature. I don’t know what to tell my people he has achieved.”