Barely six months before the 2015 presidential elections, posters of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend, flooded the streets of Lagos.
The posters of the retired army general were seen pasted on pedestrian bridges as well as walls by the road sides at Yaba and Meiran areas of Lagos state, according to P.M NEWS report.
It was gathered that the Buhari's posters at Meiran with the inscription “Nigeria-Wise Up 2015”, “General Buhari For President” is sponsored by the Ogun State Coordinator of the Buhari Youth Organisation, BYO.
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Though the All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to announce its candidates for the 2015 presidential polls, apart from Buhari, other notable aspirants already rumoured to be jostling for the APC Presidential ticket includes: Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar among others.
However, investigations revealed that other aspirants are already kicking against the idea being brokered by the Buhari Group to make the former Head of States the consensus candidate of the APC.
It was gathered at the weekend that the moves by some APC forces to make the former military ruler the party’s presidential candidate of the party for the 2015 presidential poll without going through an election is not going down well with the supporters of Kwankwaso, Saraki and Atiku camps.
An unnamed APC insider was quoted in a national daily at the weekend admitting that any attempt to impose Buhari on the party as the presidential candidate would destroy the foundation and the credibility of the APC.
The source informed that the enraged aspirants were worried by signals coming from the Buhari camp which insist that the emergence of Buhari as a candidate “is a settled matter”.
According to the insider, disregarding democratic process in the choice of party presidential flag-bearer could drag APC into deep “and possibly irreparable political damage.”
The source also said that at no time was any decision taken by the party leadership to give anybody automatic ticket for the 2015 presidential elections.
He noted that the success of the modified open direct primaries for choosing its governorship candidate in Adamawa for the 11 October election has given confidence to the APC leadership that it is a preferred option for choosing its candidates for the 2015 elections.