If permutations by merging opposition political parties are anything to go by, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), should be the most preferred candidate for the presidential elections come 2015.
These feelers come from some meetings held between 30 April and 1 May by top leaders of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which indicate that the leaders had resolved to push for the candidature of Buhari as he remained the most popular of the presidential hopefuls within the party.
A source in one of the CPC meetings said that Buhari’s popularity was even attested to by the national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Bola Tinubu.
The source further hinted that the leaders were thinking of looking to pick a candidate from their fold so as to correct the erroneous belief by the Presidency that the opposition always looked to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its candidates in Presidential elections.
“While commenting on the choice of presidential candidate for the planned opposition mega party, ahead of 2015, many of the leaders concluded that Buhari remains the preferred choice, and that Senator Bola Tinubu himself had contended that it is only Buhari that can give the opposition political parties the popularity they so much desire,” the source said.
However, one major problem against the Buhari candidature was the unresolved feud with a former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau.
“I can assure you, however, that many of the leaders are concerned and the leaders of the three merging parties have agreed to meet before the planned national convention of the CPC and ANPP to resolve the feud between the two Northern leaders,” the stated.