Olaleye Idowu

The Delay in The decision Making Process of The All Progressive Congress (APC) on which Zone should Produce the Next President has prompted the senate President, Ahmed Lawan and other Northerners to join the Presidential Race, Urban Express-News can confirm

Apparently Envisaging a no Zoning Policy, jigawa state Governor, Mahammed Badaru is said to be planning to be part of those jostling for the presidential race

With Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State already in the race, the number of northern aspirants is expected to rise to three or four.

A top source who confided in Urban Express-News Online said a bloc in the APC is pushing some northerners in the party to join the race as a buffer against some top northern politicians in the People’s Democratic Party.

“The North has the numbers and this is what the PDP is trying to take advantage of. As it is, the APC is trying to be very careful and that is why the party is refusing to make its position known on zoning.

“If we in the APC pick a southern candidate and the PDP picks a core northern candidate, then the APC stands a chance of losing the election especially if the South is not united.”

The source added that ideally, President Muhammadu Buhari would have preferred the South-West to get the Presidential ticket because the South-West is the largest base of the party in the South.

However, the division in the South-West may also affect the electoral chances of the party.

He added, “Bola Tinubu from Lagos State has declared. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from Ogun State has also declared. Former Governor Ibikunle Amosun also from Ogun State is declaring this week. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State will be declaring as well.

“They will divide the delegates in their respective states. Both Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Gboyega Oyetola of Lagos and Osun states respectively are supporting Tinubu while Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State is supporting Osinbajo. The North is ready to cash in on this division.”

Meanwhile, the APC, it was learnt, will be monitoring the Wednesday National Executive Committee of the PDP to see if the party will zone its ticket to the South.

However, sources say the opposition party, which has already screened influential northern politicians like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, will be unable to make any decision on zoning.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, had told journalists last week that regardless of its decision on zoning, the party would not stop anyone from contesting.

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