After cutting out a number of significant members of APC, including some of those in the govt, the cartel behind President Muhammadu Buhari has been left with a dilemma in terms of appointing a replacement to the outgoing administration.

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Whereas the cartel is alleged to know who will not succeed Buhari, many sources claim they are unsure who will succeed him.

According to various sources, Buhari’s inability to identify a suitable Southern presidential candidate fueled speculation over the weekends that the loyal Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipire Sylva, might appear as his serious contender.

The variation on Sylva, which was suggested in the previous but was now taking on a life within itself, was given credence by APC sources in Bayelsa State and credible sources in Abuja.

The president’s influential cartel, and is said to be primarily made up of kin from Katsina and party supporters from the Northern part of the country, has been baffled by the dedication of those they had previously ruled out. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is one of them, according to reports, who has persisted on expressing his political freedoms in an open and democratic primary.

Another candidate, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has surprised the cabal with the amount of support he has received. Various polls and analyses that place Osinbajo as being one of the greatest opportunities for the APC to maintain power in 2023, despite presumptions of lack of faith in the professor, have not rocked the cabal.

Governor Kayode Fayemi’s chances, who also is believed to be ready to launch his candidacy, are also alleged to have failed to win the cabal’s approval.

Many people, often from the South, are alleged to already be evaluated by the cartel, namely Rotimi Amaechi, Ibikunle Amosun, and President Goodluck Jonathan, among others. Jonathan, this was learned, has, however, set a requirement for himself.

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