– There are political calculations among some people that President Muhammadu Buhari may look for a suitable Northern politician to succeed him
– The names of the 7 Northerners who have some leadership traits in them will determine how the pendulum will eventually swing come 2019
– It was of recent that Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna state lambasted Governor Nasir El-Rufai of trying to scheme his way to the top in the country
The subterfuge used by veterans in politics is second to none. An ambitious politician does not care if his popularity is waning among the electorates or not. Such a politician will always, want to have his way all the time.
It should not surprise anyone that some so-called loyalists of President Buhari may want to take over from him in 2019. Politicians like, Atiku Abubakar and Abubakar Bukola Saraki have been criticised some time ago for being overtly ambitious.
Below are seven of the Northerners who are potential presidential candidates come 2019:
1. Atiku Abubakar
The former vice president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, still has his eyes on the presidency seat. He started his journey since the early 1990s, but has been failing ever since then. Time will tell if he will bounce back in 2019.
2. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
The Senate president still has the intention of leading Nigeria. He tested the waters in 2011, but failed. He is currently facing charges of illegally acquiring properties, while he governed Kwara state.
3. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
The former governor of Kano and Minister of Defense is not having it easy presently, because he is having some differences with his successor in Kano state. He was accused of trying to pull off the rug from the feet of President Muhammadu Buhari. He is now a senator at the upper chambers.
4. Nasir El-Rufai
El-Rufai has one major political enemy in the person of Senator Shehu Sani. Sani said the governor has inordinate ambition regarding trying to scheme his way to the top hierarchy of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
5. Sule Lamido
He was charged with an allegation of stealing money along with his son, and was charged to court by the EFCC, a few months ago. The former two-term governor of Jigawa state, may throw his hat into the ring, come 2019.
6. Aliyu Wammako
The current senator and former governor of Sokoto state is a formidable force in Northern politics. Anything is possible with Wammako in 2019. He was said to have performed and delivered dividends of democracy, while he governed Sokoto.
7. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, was said to have betrayed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), before he moved to the APC. He is currently the governor of Sokoto. Some political watchers believe, he may be anointed, in case the president does not seek a second term.