It has been learnt that General Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in next year’s presidential election will likely emerge on Monday or Tuesday.
Shortly after the emergence of Buhari as the presidential candidate, party leaders went into series of meetings to decide on his running mate which continued last night (Friday).
In a bid to garner more votes based on their strongholds on certain parts of the country, there are indications that the party may concede the VP slot to the South-West, contrary to speculations that South-East or South-South would clinch it.
According to a reliable source: “Hopefully, Buhari’s running mate will emerge on Monday or Tuesday. We will make our position known by then.
“We are building consensus on the South-West as the zone to produce the vice-presidential candidate.
“You may be hearing of some names being dropped, we have not finalised discussion on who should be chosen. Our leaders are weighing the options on who to pick and they are extremely careful.”
Responding to a question, the highly-placed source added: “The slot is for the South-West, based on strategic political calculations.
“And if you look at the power sharing ratio in the country today, the South-West is short-changed. Even the Senate presidency zoned to the South-West was denied it at the last minute in June 2011.”
Another source in the camp of Buhari, said: “I think by all implications, the mate of the presidential candidate may be from the South-West.
“We have left the South-West chapter of the party to decide on who the cap fits.” (TheHerald)