A report by New Telegraph indicates that political gladiators in the northern part of the country are warming up in preparation for the 2019 election. According to the report, their early preparations are hinged on the possibility that President Muhammadu Buhari may not run for a second term. Most of the politicians are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and also serving governors. The report stated that within the APC, three governors from the North-west are currently working underground to ensure that they get the ticket of the party. One of the governors, who is believed to be very close to the president, is also said to be warming up for the battle. Unnamed sources quoted in the report said that the governor has also busied himself with mobilisation of forces even outside the APC; mobilising even PDP members to cross over to the APC.
A top member of the PDP in the South-West, who is a former minister, was among those contacted by the governor to move over to the APC. Another source close to an APC senator, who preferred anonymity said “most of the APC governors in the North are open for the presidency. Currently, a former Governor of Jigawa state and PDP stalwart, Sule Lamido, has declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2019, declaring that only God can stop him in 2019. Lamido is currently the chairman of the reconciliation committee of the PDP and has been touring the whole country to bring back the PDP to life. Meanwhile, former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, who has been having a running battle with his governor, Ibrahim Ganduje, is also said to have interest in the race. There have been speculations for a long time that he might return to the PDP, owing to his marginalisation in the APC.