By James Ibechi
With 2019 presidential election fast approaching and faced with uncertainty in the south west and North central as regard electoral support, handlers of President Muhammadu Buhari have turned its full attention to the south east where the party lacks foothold.
Jamesibechi.com reliably gathered that plans are afoot to reinforce the dummy that after president Buhari’s second term, the President and the party will cede the Presidency to the South east.
It was learnt that APC chieftains of South east extraction have been mandated to take the message to all corners of Igbo land to the effect that Buhari and the APC will hand over the presidency of Nigeria to the Igbo in 2023, provided the South east massively vote him (Buhari) to return for second term next year.
The APC South east chieftains are expected to explain to their people that Buhari’s second term is the Igbo’s shortest route to the presidency rather than vote for a Northern candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP who, in the event of victory next year, will likely seek second term ending in 2027.
The APC is reportedly seeking to grab South east votes to make a reasonable tally with the votes from Buhari’s strongholds of North east and North West, and then augment with whatever it gets from the Southwest and North central to win the 2019 presidential election.
However, feelers from the PDP indicate that the party is fully aware of the APC antics and is working on a counter strategy.
Part of the strategy, it was gathered, is to pair whoever emerges its standard flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election with a South east Vice presidential candidate.
The party is also said to be considering fielding a presidential candidate who will be willing to serve for a term.
One of the party’s presidential aspirants, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar once declared he would serve a term in office if elected president.
The PDP has zoned its presidential ticket to the North but is yet to make pronouncement on its Vice presidential ticket.