By Samuel Ogundipe
The stage is now set for the Third National Convention of the All Progressives Congress which is holding in Lagos.
Upon conclusion, the event will produce the presidential candidate of the party in he 2015 general elections.
The five individuals are soliciting votes from about 8,000 delegates that will choose the eventual nominee are, former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, Sam Nda-Isaiah, a newspaper publisher, Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President, and Governor Rabiu Kwankwoso of Kano State.
A brief look at the background of the candidates.
Buhari is a retired Major-General, who ruled Nigeria between 1983 and 1985 after toppling the democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. He’s a serial contestant for president and declared his latest bid on October 15 at Abuja.
He has contested for the office of president in three previous elections. In 2011, the retired general pledged not to run again after that election. He explained in a letter to the leaders of his party that his love for the country has forced him to reconsider his position.
He’s widely expected to win the race handily.
Mr. Isaiah, 52, is a renowned media mogul. He’s the publisher of Leadership Newspaper.
He was the first candidate to publicly declare his intention to compete for the party’s ticket. He’s campaigning on his big ideas which he believes are the panacea for all that ails Nigeria.
Governor Rochas Okorocha
Governor Okorocha, 52, is running on his humanitarian record.
Atiku Abubakar (Born, 1946) is running on his political experience as a former Vice President. He’d promised to bring an end to Boko Haram in the first six months of his administration, if elected that is.
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwoso
Alhaji Kwankwoso said he’s banking on his transformation of Kano State. He’s considered very formidable in the race, too.
As at the time of filling this report, none of the five aspirants has arrived at the venue.
The event moderator told newsmen the event will begin by 8:00 p.m.