some believe that with the economic downturn, which has brought hunger, hardship and uncertainties across the country, the president would need a miracle in the last two years of his first term to earn a second term.
Reports has it that within the APC, three governors from the North-west are currently working underground to ensure that they get the ticket of the party.
One of the governors, who is believed to be very close to the president, is also said to be warming up for the battle. Unnamed sources quoted in the report said that the governor has also busied himself with mobilisation of forces even outside the APC; mobilising even PDP members to cross over to the APC.
A top member of the PDP in the South-West, who is a former minister, was among those contacted by the governor to move over to the APC. A source close to the former minister confirmed that the governor contacted the former minister to join APC. He said: “The governor has been calling him to join the APC. I don't know what the situation is now, but they have been talking for some time to join the APC.
“That was before the EFCC arrested the former minister and took him to court. He is still keeping his cards open.”
Another source close to an APC senator, who preferred anonymity said “most of the APC governors in the North are open for the presidency.
“Those who are not working openly are working secretly. But as you know, they are watching developments at the Villa. They want to be sure the president is not running before they come out in the open.
“Some of the governors are all working and waiting for the president to make up his mind. The problem is that the president is not showing any sign on the direction he might go.
“But left with the governors, they would want him to take the Nelson Mandela option; do one term and leave in 2019.”
Meanwhile, a former Governor of Jigawa state and PDP stalwart, Sule Lamido, has declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2019, declaring that only God can stop him in 2019. Lamido is currently the chairman of the reconciliation committee of the PDP and has been touring the whole country to bring back the PDP to life.
Meanwhile President Buhari has not spoken of his intention for the 2019 polls.