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Nigeria’s Buhari has no preferred successor, spokesman says

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ABUJA, June 6 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has no most popular candidate from the ruling All Progressives Celebration (APC) to succeed him, his spokesman mentioned on Monday, a day earlier than a conference to choose the get together’s flag bearer for elections early subsequent yr.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu, a strong former Lagos state governor, are seen as frontrunners to signify the APC throughout the presidential vote subsequent February.

Buhari, who’s constitutionally barred from contesting, will step down subsequent yr after eight years in workplace, resulting in intense hypothesis on whom Buhari will again as his most popular successor.

However the president’s spokesman Garba Shehu mentioned Buhari advised APC governors from northern Nigeria throughout a gathering on Monday that he has “no most popular candidate,” and has “anointed nobody”.

The governors individually advised reporters that they had been pushing for a presidential candidate from the largely Christian south to succeed Buhari, a Muslim from northern Nigeria.

That might be in step with an unwritten settlement the place energy alternates between the largely Muslim north and largely Christian south.

However the principle opposition get together selected former vp and veteran politician Atiku Abubakar, a northern Muslim, as its presidential candidate final week. That might imply one other northerner in workplace if he had been to win the presidency.

That has led some APC politicians to push for a ruling get together candidate from the north, which had extra registered voters over the past election in 2019, in keeping with the electoral company.

(Reporting by Felix OnuahWriting by MacDonald DzirutweEditing by Leslie Adler)

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