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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

2015 Potential Candidates And Their Endorsements

The presidential elections scheduled for February 14, 2015, are slowly approaching with no aspirant officially declaring his interest. However, this does not mean that the race for a place at the Aso Rock has not started yet, as endorsements are already rolling in for potential candidates.

None of the potential candidates declared for the ticket so far.
1. Goodluck Jonathan
The number of pro-presidential groups grows day by day. The current leader of the nation was endorsed by South South group ‘De Servants for Jonathan’, while Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) vowed to mobilise 3 million of its members to actualise Jonathan’s re-election bid.
At the same time the Northern Elders Forum issued an ultimatum for President Jonathan, to bring the Chibok girls back by October 2014 or forget about his 2015 ambitions.
2. Atiku Abubakar
The former vice president (1999 – 2007) has been recently endorsed by South South Youth Forum for Atiku. The group is convinced that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar fits all the requirements for the leader of Nigeria, stands out from other candidates “based on his experience and wide network, major criteria that will better the lots of Nigerians.”
The veteran politician believes he has lots to offer for Nigeria. He has embarked on a ‘peace tour’ across the country to prove this point.
3. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
The Governor of Kano State was endorsed for the race a couple of days ago by 34 members of state’s House of Assembly. The decision was made because the assemblymen see him as a “resolute, competent and detribalized leader” who can deal “with the  prevailing security challenge and other socio-political problems”.
4. Muhammadu Buhari
The former military head of state is deemed as a great candidate too. According to a poll conducted about 4 months ago by the movement ‘For The Future Nigeria’ Nigerians would be satisfied if the All Progressives Congress issues a ticket for Buhari and Governor Fashola.  The chances of ex general have also increased in the light of terrorist attack on his convoy in Kaduna on July 23, and Buhari’s miraculous survival, without a single scratch.
5. Bukola Saraki
The senator, who represents Kwara central senatorial district, said he would announce his intention to compete “at the right time”. Another prominent APC member sees party’s victory in Osun State as a good sign and a first step for defeating the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.
It would be noted that the office of the Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, keeps silent on Amaechi’s plans, but the power, influence and charisma of the governor should not be underestimated as well.

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