Jostling for 2015 presidency begins •As OBJ group clamours for Lamido/Amaechi joint ticket
AS major political groups in the country continue to strategise ahead of the 2015 general election, indication has emerged that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar may join the presidential race again, following mounting pressures on him by his supporters and political associates across the country on the social media and foot soldiers to join the race.
This is coming just as various groups believed to be loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), were said to be rooting for the candidature of the governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, who served under President Obasanjo as Foreign Affairs Minister and the current NGF chairman, Governor of Rivers State, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, as president and vice-president of Nigeria in the 2015.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is said to be in disarray, because of the rumoured endorsement of the joint ticket of the incumbent governor of Jigawa State and that of Rivers State as president and vice-president in the 2015 general election, as against the proposed return of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Nnamdi Sambo for the plum job come 2015.
Further checks by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the presidency was not worried by the development but rather keeping watch on the antics of its own officials who had been given directives on the 2015 election.
As for former Vice-President Abubakar, who served under President Obasanjo, his facebook account revealed that thousands of his admirers and his political associates are calling on him to take a shot at the nation's presidency again just as he did in the 2011 general election which he lost to President Jonathan due to the party’s zoning formula.
One of the messages posted on the facebook wall of the former vice-president read, "Turaki of the world, in sha Allah we are behind you come 2015. You shall be our president" Mallam Hassan Ibrahim said.
Source: Nigerian Tribune