2015 Elections: APC Buhari’s Running Mate ‘finally’ Narrowed to Tinubu, Osibajo & Oshiomhole


Asiwaju-Bola-Ahmed-Tinubu.png2015 Elections: APC Buhari’s Running Mate  ‘finally’ Narrowed to Tinubu, Osibajo & Oshiomhole , The All Progressives Congress (APC), the choice of running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election has been narrowed down to Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, and Yemi Osibajo, a professor of law and former attorney general of Lagos state. However, if the south-west which is expected to fill the slot decides to cede it to the south-south, Adams Oshiomhole, governor of Edo state, will get the nod, it was learnt from top party sources. A source at the meeting told TheCable that further consultations need to be made because “we are yet to reach a definite conclusion… meetings have been ongoing since Friday and will continue in Abuja today”. The source further said several criteria were discussed in trying to arrive at a suitable candidate: electoral pedigree, political experience, support base and name recognition. However, it was also decided that the criteria could be waived to pick a “neutral candidate” who can then be fully supported by the machinery of APC in the south-western states. He did not give details of all the candidates considered, but said Tinubu came first in the “suitable experience” category while Osibajo was the clear option in the “neutral” group. But Oshiomhole would be considered if the south-west is unable to reach a consensus on the matter. The Edo governor is seen as highly sellable because of his mass following through his labour constituency as well as his national appeal and intellectual capacity. He speaks Hausa and Yoruba fluently, which could be of great value during the campaign. Tinubu’s candidacy is likely to reawaken the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket, but Osibajo and Oshiomhole are Christians. Osibajo is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, thought to be the second largest denomination in Nigeria after the Catholic church but he is not considered a political heavyweight. “Tinubu has demonstrated to everybody that he is not a bigot.  PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2

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