VP: APC Eyes Shettima, Lalong; Wike, Okowa Battle In PDP

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The races for the vice-presidential slots of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are taking definite shape.

In the APC, Leakblast gathered that the front runners, as of last night, are Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State; his immediate predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima; Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State; and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

“If APC governors were to decide, they will pick from the North-West; it will be Badaru, who stepped down for the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the presidential primaries.

“If they were to pick from the North-East, it will be Governor Zulum, who is expected to cede the slot to his mentor, Shettima,” an APC source told Vanguard.

The source added that if those opposed to the Muslim-Muslim ticket succeed, Simon Lalong would be in line for consideration.

This came as the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN; Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN; an Arewa Coalition; and APC national stakeholders cautioned the APC against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

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In the PDP, sources said that despite the strong claim being made by the South-East, the battle is panning out as a straight one between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who came second at the primaries; and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, who was a member of the committee that conducted the PDP primaries.

Both states have deep pockets and a huge voting population in the South-South zone.

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