Being threatened by the re-positioning of the much talked about Mega party, and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of 2019, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are contemplating replacing President Muhammadu Buhari, due to his ailing health and dwindling political influence.
With the General Elections in the country a little over two years away, the next 12 months will be strategic for political realignments around the nation, in the quest for power at the centre, as the two major political parties, the APC and PDP, are bent on unseating the Buhari-led government.
Post-Nigeria, learnt that political gladiators ‘eyeing’ the Presidency, have already started positioning themselves for the 2019 contest.
However, there are strong indications that the much talked about Mega opposition party, will be formed before the end of the first quarter of 2017.
This is as the interim National Chairman of the proposed Mega party, Action Democratic Party, ADP, Yagbagi Sani, led his party members two weeks ago, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, where he officially commenced the application process of the association to be registered as a party.
He has already declared that his prospective party will dislodge both the APC and PDP, come 2019. However, with the on-going alignments and re-alignments in the nation’s political space, the race for the 2019 elections, can only get more dramatic.
A highly placed APC source told Post-Nigeria, on Saturday morning, that the greatest mistake that the APC would make, is to re-feature Buhari in 2019.
“The APC have started meeting to see the need to convince the President to shelve his 2019 ambition. Featuring Buhari in 2019, would be the greatest mistake APC would make.”
He added: “There is need to shop for Buhari’s replacement, or else, the so called Mega party and the PDP would sweep the APC out of Aso Rock.”
Meanwhile, the ADP has started wooing some members of the ruling APC, and PDP, dangling a plethora of strategic positions. Evidently, ADP intends to re-enact the APC merger.
However, the merger of the ruling party, from the benefit of hindsight, might be easier for the defunct parties drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country, which gave birth to APC, with a “change” slogan.
Formed in February 2013, the party emerged from an alliance of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties.
However, unlike the APC, the road may not be so rosy for the said new Mega party, as findings have revealed that besides the plan to form the party, those involved in the talks were also considering adopting any of the existing political platforms.