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WAR OF POWER!!! Tinubu, Buhari, In Deep Fear, As Atiku, Kwankwaso, Dankwambo, Saraki, Other Northern Heavyweights Queue Up For 2019 Presidential Ticket

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As the 2019 Presidential election draws near, there are indications that it will not be a walk over for President Muhammadu Buhari, given his age and failing health, which has marred his tenure so far.
Post-Nigeria gathered that It might also not be a rosy affair for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in general, a party that seems to have sacrificed much of its goodwill on the altar of failed promises.
Some ambitious chieftains of the APC, mostly from the North are already waiting in the wings to grab the coveted 2019 Presidential ticket.
They are: former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; current President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai; as well as Governor Ibrahim Shettima of Borno State.
Although, none of these Presidential hopefuls have openly indicated their interests in the race, their body language speaks volumes, as they are allegedly waiting for the blast of the whistle.
The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum had reportedly asked aspirants above 60 years of age to perish the thought of becoming President in 2019. The group, led by Yerima Shettima, believes that age is no longer in favour of Atiku and Buhari. 

In spite of the odds stacked against Buhari, APC appears favourably disposed to handing him the right of first refusal, and will only consider these other aspirants, if he declines to throw his hat in the ring.
However, a former Governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, had said he was not aware of the permutations to replace Buhari in the next elections. 

“When you talk about elders in the North in terms of political power, don’t reckon with me because I am not one of them. I am on my own. I know that I am patriotic but I am on my own. They don’t consult me when they make such plans and I don’t dabble in such things.
“First of all, who tells you that the power will still remain in the North if Buhari declines to run or is compelled by poor health to give up the ticket? Secondly, what does the Constitution say about the situation that the President is now? The Constitution is very clear about it. It is the National Assembly that has the right to probe to ascertain the true state if the health of the President and know what to do. So let us leave the matter to the National Assembly.
“Thirdly, let us not be talking about 2019. Let us be talking about how we can survive between now and 2019. If you are thinking that I will be giving you names of possible presidential candidates who might take over the baton from Buhari, then you are talking to the wrong person. It is the responsibility of Buhari and his party, APC, to know what to do when 2019 comes. As always, my interest is about how Nigerians, whether they are from the North, South, East or West, can have a better country,” he said.
A Political Analyst and former Member of the House of Representatives, Dr Junaid Muhammed, has acknowledged that he had heard some of the names being touted as possible Presidential candidates, but would rather advise Nigerians to focus on the challenges of the moment.
“I am aware that some of these people have tried to make contacts or whatever but I don’t want to run ahead of the situation we are confronted with as a country. When the time comes for us to cross the bridge, we shall cross it. But at the moment, the problem we are facing is either the President being here physically in charge or accepts that he is incapacitated and therefore submits his letter of resignation. We are hoping that from now until that time comes, the country will have some peace or reasonable understanding amongst ourselves.
“I don’t know the basis upon which you rate elders. We should be careful about what we wish for because I don’t want a situation whereby some people who are either senile or sick would just sit down somewhere and decide the fate of this country. If that is what the so-called northern elders are doing, they should be called to order. It is not in anybody’s interest and not healthy for democracy,” he said.

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