It’s taken a long time as well as a long of conjecture and analysis from research groups as well as political analysts. Nigeria’s major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, which has touted itself as the genuine change that Nigeria requires have before now, found itself in a quagmire as to which candidate to field for the Presidential Office of the 2015 elections.
Certainly, it was up to the opposition party to show its democratic principles and move away from the consensus and the imposition that had hitherto characterized the ACN.
As the National Convention of the party drew close, there was palpable apprehension as to whether the party would be able to conduct a presidential primaries which the losers would even accept as free and fair.
Perhaps it was in recognition of this sensitive factor that the APC chose Dr. Kayode Fayemi to conduct the Presidential Primaries.
At the Teslim Balogun Stadium where the national convention took place, nerves were probably on edge as to who the party delegates would throw up to contest the 2015 elections.
It was definitely no small feat to choose from an array of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Alh. Atiku Abubajar, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso as well as Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Even typing out the names leaves one with a sense of positive confoundment.
As at the time of writing this report, it’s safe to say that the delegates have made their decision and with almost 4,000 votes cast in favour of Muhammadu Buhari, the other aspirants have in good faith conceded defeat in a contest that has been unusually civil and conducted with gentlemanly competitiveness.
Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso was probably a dark horse, polling even more votes than Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
Although we await the final results, it’s safe to say that the 2015 elections would be between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Buhari.