Following the political unease within Nigeria at the moment, Nigerians are beginning to draw their personal inferences and come with their diverse theories as regards the nation’s polity and leadership.
Below are 5 politicians who many Nigerians on social platforms believe are potential candidates for the 2019 presidential election, which one needs not a soothsayer to tell, that the polls will be keenly contested.
1. VP Prof Yemi Osinbajo
Osinbajo is arguably the most popular Nigerian politician today, especially giving his performance as Acting President while the president is away on vacation.
Many hold the believe that Osinbajo carries out his duties professionally and diplomatically, in recent times he is seen as the best vice president in Nigeria’s democratic history.
Nigerians are of the view that given the deep bond that exists between himself and his principal, the president wouldn’t mind giving him a chance to succeed him in 2019.
If the zoning formula does not play against him, Osinbajo stands a great chance at becoming the nation’s commander-in-chief.
2. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Those who propagate propaganda will surely have you believe that the Jagaban Borgu wields great political power and has his eyes on the presidency, having served in the capacity of Senator and Governor.
It cannot be overstated that it was Tinubu’s influence that saw the emergence of APC, he was the strong hold behind PMB’s emergence as presidential candidate because much of the northern voted were decided among PMB, Kwankwaso and Atiku.
Some are of the view that if northern candidates (the likes of Atiku, Kwankwaso, Saraki who might contest) were to divide their votes in 2019, a lone Asiwaju from the south could clinch the ticket.
3. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki
For many he seem like the odd one out, however, when ones looks back at the drama that brought him into position as the number 3 man of the nation, one gets to understand that under-estimating Saraki could be detrimental.
The Senate President’s greatest strength lies in the fact that he tends to have loyalists, supporters and friends in virtually every tribe; and he is loved on both sides of the divide (APC and PDP).
His alliance with his deputy – Senator Ike Ekweremadu must also no be understated, the duo might just be able to pull off that which they were able to manage in the Senate.
Nigerians are watching keenly as the political drama unfolds. Their wits are sharpened and the people are more aware of that which is obtainable in the Nigerian political scene.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is striving hard to see that the reformation process within the party runs smoothly and speedily as to make them strong enough to not just play the opposition, but for them to be a formidable force, capable of unseating the APC.
All other political parties are not left out of the whole plot, though a couple of them do not have a candidate for presidency come 2019, but when the time is ripe, each one will pitch its tent, where favours them the most.
Till then, the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of President Buhari, must seek every means possible, first to stabilize things in the economy and win back the hearts of a great proportion of the masses who are currently of the opinion that this is not the change they voted for.
4. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
Atiku has already started making his interest known, and 2019 might be the best time for him to actualize his goal
He however will have to fight really hard to win the votes from the north.
The likes of Kwankwaso and Saraki (if he is to run), will pose a threat to his ambition. He must all take heed of the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
5. Senator Muhammadu Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso
It is perceived by Nigerians that from the looks of things, Kwankwaso is about the most popular northern candidate after PMB, and if one takes the latter out of the race the vast majority of northern electorates will vote for Kwankwaso.
Also Kwankwaso are in a very good term with PMB and he seem to be one of the most idle candidates for him to anoint. Remember also Kwankwaso came second in 2015 APC presidential primary election, now imagine PMB out of the picture.
There are speculations that Kwankwaso also seem to be the only PDP decampee who has an excellent rapport with the presidency, some believe is bond with the presidency is stronger than that of Saraki and Atiku.