Determined to secure a second term ticket, President Muhammadu Buhari may head his party’s Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) to drive his electioneering.
The list of PCC members is being scrutinised by the President – to give the campaign of the All Progressives Congress(APC) “a bite”.
But the party leadership is seeking a central role from the President in the re-election campaign instead of allowing only the PCC to take over the process.
He said Atiku is no match for Buhari by any yardstick.
Some of those on the PCC list are: Buhari (chairman); Vice President Yemi Osinbajo(Deputy Chairman); Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Co-chairman); the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; all APC governors; the Director-General of the council, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; some ministers, including Hadi Sirika (Aviation); Adamu Adamu (Education); Abdulrahman Dambazzau; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and so on.
A source said: “APC is set for the battle ahead. The President is taking a direct control of the PCC but we are hopeful that in the next one week, the list will be released. What he is doing is to make sure that it is all-inclusive and representational.
“The last segment of consultations on the list will be with the leadership of the party which wants to play a central role in the campaign. Within the next few days, there will be discussion at that level.
“The party’s position is that it has the candidate belongs to it and it has the responsibility to market President Buhari.
“The leaders of APC are saying that the PCC should reflect the desire of the party.”