There are strong indications in the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, that two top leaders of the party and Governors ; Ahmed Nasir El-Rufai and Rochas Okorocha are in close alliance to run a joint ticket for 2019 Presidency, should President Muhammadu Buhari’s health challenges persist.
For more than six months, President Buhari has been undergoing difficult times managing his health which has made his Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo act as the president.
The feelings that the ticket of El-Rufai /Okorocha will gain grounds in APC appeared at the weekend during the wedding of daughter of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State.
Top on the discussions over Buhari’s health and possible replacement for 2019 is the ticket of El-Rufai and Okorocha. Though, none of the mentioned person has publicly shown interest, but Feelers are that the North will not let go the 2019 chance of producing the Presidency ;hence the desire to prop El-Rufai.
Trumpeta recalls that some Northern groups have also declared intention to not only search for Buhari’s successor but also retain power in the North in 2019. Similarly, Governor Okorocha whose desire to become President is unquenching had announced intention to run for Presidency again but with a caveat that he will not contest against Buhari.
Our source reports that the El-Rufai /Okorocha combination for 2019 Presidency is rife. It was learnt that while El-Rufai will come as number one, Okorocha goes as Vice under APC from the South East zone.