There are reports that certain senior members of the All Progressives Congress sold President Muhammadu Buhari’s candidacy to Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday night.
The stakeholders, which included governors, were said to have pushed the notion of the former president remaining for a term and then handing over to his Vice President.
According to the report, Jonathan’s running companion would be chosen from the North-East by the stakeholders.
According to the reports, President Buhari and Jonathan have reached an understanding on the accord.
One of the sources said, “Jonathan has agreed in a way to serve only one term but not on the platform of the PDP. I am aware of what is going on and the deal thrown at Jonathan.
“Some APC governors, also known are the ones asking Jonathan to throw his hat in the ring. From what I know and the meeting I attended, they sold the idea to Buhari.
“Jonathan has already met Buhari in the villa and the deal has been sealed. The game is that he will only serve one term (because he cannot do two terms having been elected for the first term earlier) and hand over to his vice, who will come from the North-East.
“They know that the former president is obedient and will do their bidding, they have seen it in the past. As you know, the North still wants to retain power and that is why they are throwing the offer at him.”
Another source disclosed that the stakeholders have no plan to support the presidential ambition of the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ambition.
The source said, “They do not want Tinubu or Osinbajo. In fact, what worked against Osinbajo is that they see him as an extension of Bola Tinubu, who still defers to Tinubu.”
The source, however, concluded by saying, “things are still in a state of flux and last-minute jostling may still upturn the arrangement.”
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