Two former governors would lock horns for the vacant office at the APC national secretariat. The two governors have already said they would contest for the APC job. Recall that the APC is without a substantive chairman following the removal of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.
Mr. Tanko Al-Makura declared his interest in the job in early October. The former Nassarawa State governor is an associate of Bola Tinubu and he would be relying on the support of the national APC leader. He has some other chances, which can boost his candidacy.
The north central zone isn't really favoured in how the spoils of the 2019 general elections were shared. The zone didn't benefit much and the national chairmanship may be a way of balancing how power is shared. The APC leadership may consider the former governor, and the argument of his own camp would be to compensate north central zone.
Apart from that, it may be argued that the APC is rooted in four groups. The defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has taken the presidency at this moment. If things are to be changed, it may be the turn of the faction to produce national chairman. That means the defunct ACN or another side would pick up the presidential ticket.
But one thing that may work against the interest of Mr. Al-Makura is that Mr. Yahaya Bello, who has presidential ambition, may not want the former Nassarawa State governor to become the national chairman. The reason is that if the chairman comes from north centre, the zone may not be allowed to produce the presidential candidate.
Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff is the second former governor. He seems to be highly serious about his focus to lead the APC. The former Borno State governor would project himself using his vast experience in the leadership of the PDP. He led the party for some months even though it's a chaotic administration.
Mr. Sheriff would look up to top politicians from northeastern Nigeria for support. He will expect Mr. Ali Ndume, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Yobe State governor Mai Mala Buni and others to back him for the APC job.
However, two key things may stop Sheriff from heading the party. The first one is that the former Borno State governor isn't a founding father of the party. The APC may opt for one politician who participated in the formation of the party.
Secondly, the leadership of the party may consider the fact that the northeastern has enjoyed lots of privilege from the APC. The region produced the president of the Senate and the current caretaker committee is from the region as well.
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