His loyalists told newsmen that despite the anti-Buhari lobby in the APC, the general would contest the primary. It was further gathered that the anti-Buhari lobby in APC is made up of two groups. The first group consists of senior Northern politicians who want the general to bury his ambition in order for a younger northerner to contest the presidential primaries. This group is also said to be shopping for a guarantee that the general will support whoever emerges as the presidential candidate of the party.
The other group consists of members of the party who feel that the former head of state is not popular in the South-East, South-South and some parts of North-Central.
Top officials of the party confided in our correspondent on Friday that the mega party was worried about Buhari’s unpopularity in these regions. The officials said the states were too crucial to be toyed with.
Buhari, 70, has run for the office of the President three times and, on all the occasions, was defeated by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party candidates.