Senator Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor and also the National Leader of the APC party amongst other leaders from the South West geopolitical zone gathered on Sunday night for a crucial meeting over the choice of a Vice Presidential aspirant for the APC party. Others that participated during the meeting are: Bisi Akande, the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the National Convention Committee of the party, Kayode Fayemi, and state governors of the party from the zone including – Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).
Also in attendance at the meeting were national officers of the party from the Southwest: Segun Oni (Deputy National Chairman, South), Pius Akinyelure (Vice Chairman, South West), Tajudeen Olawutan Bello (National Financial Secretary), Lai Mohammed (National Publicity Secretary), and Muiz Banire (National Legal Adviser).
The rumours on Friday that Rotimi Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers state chosen as Mr. Buhari’s running mate is yet to be confirmed. One senior official of the party denied the plan.
Another round of meeting was held on Saturday, while the Sunday meeting was basically to complete decisions on the potential vice presidential aspirants to be presented to the party leadership and General Buhari at a meeting fixed for Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Monday.
The choice of South West to choose the Vice Presidential candidates, APC insiders say, is strategic because Buhari is thought to get considerable votes from the northern states and will need to get the votes from the South West to stand any chance of outdoing the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.
So far, the result of Sunday’s meeting still remain unclear, though the Party still have 3 more days, December 18 to submit names of their candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.