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Potential 2019 Presidential candidates aiming to dethrone Buhari

Posted: 26 April, 2017 at 12:52 am

Ahead of 2019, there are certain Nigerians that either intend to contest Nigeria's Presidential election or are being pushed forward as prospective candidates by Nigerians.

Some of these persons have contested previously, others have held powerful positions previously, others are still in power, while very few are newbies.

We take a look at three politician who may pose a threat to president Buhari's second term bid.

1. Senator Bola Ahmed TinubuPotential 2019 Presidential candidates aiming to dethrone Buhari

The former governor of Lagos State is one politician whose likely declaration for 2019 presidency may not take people by surpris.

Political pundits see believes his past attempts to become a vice presidential candidate to President Muhammadu Buhari under the APC was later dropped due to the sensitivity of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a complex country like Nigeria.

Tinubu's recent reaction to a question that sought to know his future political ambition caused a stir in political circles, as it was interpreted to mean that he had already begun preparation to contest in 2019. “There is nothing wrong with such ambition. It depends on the timing and the environment and what political leadership dictates. I will not brush aside such an aspiration,” Tinubu was quoted as having said during the an event in Ondo State.

Tinubu had, however, in a tweet on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 dismissed this position, saying that he would not contest against President Buhari.

“As long as that patriotic and committed President Buhari holds and seeks to hold the mantle as President, I stand behind him in unwavering support,” he said via his Twitter handle @AsiwajuTinubu. Analysts see this stance as conditional.

2. Atiku AbubakarPotential 2019 Presidential candidates aiming to dethrone Buhari

The one-time vice president has never kept hidden his presidential ambition.

Atiku had contested the 2007 presidential election on the platform the defunct Action Congress (AC) after realizing that he could not get the PDP ticket because of his frosty relationship with former President Obasanjo.

Also, the APC chieftain had contested the presidential ticket with former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 and with then-candidate Buhari in 2014 on different platforms.

The Turaki is also noted to be a “big spender” when it comes to pursuing his interests, giving the PDP and ex-president Obasanjo a tough time by dragging them to court several times when they attempted to tame him in the past.

In the event the APC becomes a no-go channel for him, insiders say he may likely seek an alternative platform, either in the purported mega-party, the PDP, or any other one as the political equation suggests.

3. Bukola SarakiPotential 2019 Presidential candidates aiming to dethrone Buhari

Saraki,the number three citizen of the country is one of the politicians that are likely to contest for the Presidency come 2019.

In 2015, he was one of the presidential aspirants of the APC but dropped the ambition two months before the party's primaries in 2014.

Saraki, a two-time governor of Kwara State is in a better position to vie for the presidency but his squabbling with his party, the APC, may negate his chances to clinch the ticket if he runs.

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.

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