The opposition mega alliance under the aegis of All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to zone the presidential slot to the North ahead of the 2015 elections.
Aside Buhari, the APC is working with Governors Kwankwaso, Wammako and Lamido to reach a consensus. Also being wooed is the Speaker of the House of Representatives being supported by former Northern Heads of States.
This is the outcome of a series of meetings held between top leaders of the coalition last week where it was decided to cede the slot to the North which has been clamouring for a return of power to the region.
It was confirmed that the party leaders are, however, battling to assuage members of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) over their objection to the decision to cede the national chairmanship slot to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
It was learnt that ANPP leaders were originally told that the party would produce the chairman of the coalition, but this calculation was tilted in favour of ACN following Senator Bola Tinubu’s intervention.
A meeting between leaders of the Joint Committee on Merger of the parties, which was addressed by Tinubu last week, attempted to calm the ANPP as it was affirmed that the presidential slot had been zoned to the North.
The ACN national leader was said to have told the meeting that the ANPP should exercise patience till when presidential campaigns start to push for its candidate, since the position had been ceded to the North.
It was, however, confirmed that the merging parties have agreed to cede the national secretary position to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and that formerMinister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, is in pole position to occupy the seat.