There appears to be a division in the presidency over who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his tenure in 2023.
Though the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, is seeking to upturn the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the tribunal, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed confidence that President Buhari would complete his tenure and hand over to a successor in May 2023.
However, there is disquiet in the presidency over which region will produce the president after Buhari completes his second term.
While some gladiators in the APC are insisting on the zoning arrangement, saying the presidency should rotate to the South, some are insisting that a northerner should emerge as the party’s flag bearer while a southerner would become the running mate.
Although a lot of Nigerians are talking about the rumoured presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2023, a presidency source on Monday said the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of APC was not in President Buhari’s plans.
According to him, President Buhari, who had laid a foundation for a prosperous Nigeria and desired a continuity of what he had started, was already grooming Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed him