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Jonathan may declare in October

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Politicians, who are eying the Presidency in 2015,

are putting finishing touches to declare their

intention, The PUNCH has learnt.

Among them are President Goodluck Jonathan; a

former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu

Buhari (retd.); former Vice President Atiku

Abubakar and the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji

Rabiu Kwankwanso.

According to the timetable released by the

Independent National Electoral Commission,

party primaries will start on October 2, 2014

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s

presidential primary, investigations by our

correspondent showed that the President’s

declaration is expected to come up at the end of

this month or early in October.

Already, some governors, especially from the

South-South, South-East and North-Central, are

preparing for the declaration, which a presidency

source said, would be “earth-shaking.”

One of the governors involved in the

arrangement, told our correspondent that the

date for the President’s declaration was being

worked out.

He said it was likely that the declaration would

not come before the declaration of those who are

ready to contest the seat with the President either

in his party, the PDP, or in the opposition party,

the All Progressives Congress.

He said, “The preparation is ongoing. It will come

either at the end of this month or early October.

“So, those who want to contest the ticket with him

in either the PDP or the APC should get ready. The

President and his team are ready.”

The source, however, said both the President and

his team are expecting stiff opposition from the a

North-East and North-West, where he said the

candidature of the President was not favourably

being received.

As part of the declaration plan, the Presidency

ordered the screening of all the groups

supporting the re-election of the President.

Also, supporters of Buhari are eagerly waiting for

him to return to the country from his trip

overseas this weekend and round off his

consultations in preparatory to his declaration.

Buhari has contested for the position three times,

but has failed to win.

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji

Umaru Dembo, who like Buhari, is a member of

the APC, said the former head of state would

definitely contest for the party’s sole ticket.

Also, a former governorship candidate of the

defunct Congress for Progressive Change in

Enugu State, Chief Osita Okechukwu, told our

correspondent that Buhari would meet some

notable national leaders of the APC next week in

continuation of his ongoing consultation.

On his part, Abubakar is considering to declare his

presidential ambition on Wednesday, September

24. As part of the preparations, sources close to

his campaign office at Jabi, Abuja said several

venues were being considered for the declaration.

Some of these venues include the Eagles Square,

Sheraton Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Yar’Adua Centre and

the National Stadium.

Atiku’s spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, refused

to speak on the matter when contacted.

“I can to confirm or deny any date now. But what

I can tell you is that the former Vice President will

definitely contest,” he said.

Kwankwanso is said to have concluded

arrangements to formally declare for the

presidency as he is said to have nearly concluded

his nationwide consultations which he embarked

upon on his presidential ambition.

Already, posters of the governor have been

pasted in strategic locations in many states with

such inscriptions as ‘Kwankwaso for national

assignment.’ Already, 34 members of the APC at

the Kano House of Assembly have endorsed his

ambition.

 

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