Who Will Be Crowned General Muhammadu Buhari’s Running Mate?Following buhari victory on Thursday to emerge the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former military Head of State Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, will be facing his biggest test in the next few hours, as he would have to pick a running mate from a roll call of prospective vice-presidential hopefuls. Buhari, who by his win at the APC convention has set up for a rematch against President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), got 3,430 votes to beat other contenders for the presidential ticket of the main opposition party. Surprisingly, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso edged out former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who was favoured to give Buhari a serious run for his money, to second place by securing 974 of the votes. Atiku came in third with 954 votes, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha scored 624 votes, while the Founder of Leadership Newspapers Sam Nda-Isaiah, got 10 votes only. But with his victory behind him, Buhari, it was learnt has refocused his energy on picking a running mate, as whoever he selects could make or mar his bid for the presidency. Towards this end, a party source informed that chieftains of the APC and Buhari met last night in Lagos to assess possible hopefuls and decide on a running mate for the former head of state.
Although the outcome of the meeting could not be ascertained, major contenders for the post include former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the party Bola Tinubu, who has stubbornly refused to step down his ambition despite the strong opposition within APC to a Muslim-Muslim pairing. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2