The plot for who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 is thickening as former Secretary to the Government of the Federal, Babagana Kingibe and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi are scheming to emerge as presidential candidate and running mate respectively on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Presidency sources who disclosed this to Pointblankews, further revealed that the National Chairman of the leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has been conscripted into the plot.
The sources said that Secondus has not been comfortable with the goings on within the PDP in light of a dim prospect that he would retain his national chairmanship position (having fallen out with his political benefactor, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike) and the fading hope that his party would return to power in 2023.
It was gathered that the combination of Kingibe, a career diplomat who has been in politics since the second republic, and Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State, is a plot by the Cabal in the Presidency who are set on ensuring that they hold on to power beyond the Buhari era.
Kingibe, a former running mate to late MKO Abiola, hails from Borno State and is considered a close ally of the Cabal in the Presidency. While Mr Abiola was last year given a posthumous award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) Kingibe was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
The plot by the Cabal comes against the backdrop of agitations for power shift to the South after Buhari’s second term. The agitation by south leaders follows declarations by some northern leaders, including the Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai that the power rotation system should be discarded.
While el-Rufai is said to nurse a presidential ambition in 2023, National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, the embattled Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and former running mate to Buhari, Pastor Tunde Bakare, are all said to also have ambitions to succeed Buhari.
However, in 2019 election campaign, the APC, in a bid to secure votes from the South, promised to support a hand over power to the south. This was in spite of the double speak from the Buhari-government who promised the South-East and South-West the same ticket in 2023.
However the source who spoke to Pointblanknews on the plot of the cabal indicated that they intend to retain the presidency in the North East where President Buhari has gotten most of his votes over the years.
The source added that Kingibe was allegedly chosen because he is considered a real loyalist of Buhari.
“Amaechi is hoping to emerge the running mate of Babagana Kingibe who has been endorsed by the Cabal as Buhari’s successor. Kingibe is considered a better replacement because of his perceived credential and a true loyalist of Buhari. He is from the North East, a region said to be Buhari’s main stronghold in the North.”
As for Secondus, the Source said “He is not very comfortable with the ongoing in PDP and not sure if that continues, the party has hopes in 2023. Secondus, on the other hand is allegedly working for Rotimi Amaechi.
“He is trying to ensure he doesn’t lose out completely when the chips are down in PDP. Secondus is equally a lackey of Amaechi,” the source added.