The battle for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new twist with the decision of 12 governors to throw their weights behind Muhammadu Buhari.
The decision, our correspondent gathered took place at the meeting held at Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The governors who agreed to support Buhari are: Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).
The two other governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo), are also gunning for the presidential ticket.
It was also disclosed that Kwankwaso has been persuaded to step down for Buhari, which he agreed, but will still put up an appearance without putting up a fight at the convention.
Atiku, on this part is said to be reaching out directly to the delegates and he is basing his calculations on the fact that APC governors control only 14 states and their influence in the remaining 22 states is not strong.
Sources said that Atiku has zeroed in on delegates. from 16 states which they consider winnable: Adamawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Jigawa, Taraba, Yobe, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ekiti and Ondo ─ as well as the FCT.
In Atiku’s camp, the calculation is to deal directly with the delegates, even from states controlled by pro-Buhari governors.
With Atiku’s heavy war chest, the APC hierarchy had become jittery about the high possibility of his victory.