By Dare Lawal
The media has been awash recently with news that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to field a Muslim/Muslim ticket for the presidency in 2015. The party has never come out to confirm the rumours but newspapers and men like Femi Fani-Kayode have cosistently pushed the theory, saying that the party is considering a Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu candidacy.
However the former military ruler has now come out to deny the reports. Reacting through his media aide, Malam Ya’u Darazau, Buhari stated that he has not made up his mind about running next year and so the issue of Tinubu as running mate does not even arise.
He said: “Those who will be presidential and vice-presidential flag bearers will be named during the party’s convention. It is untrue that the General will have Tinubu as his running mate in the 2015 elections and the matter hasn’t even been discussed.
“The General and, indeed, other party leaders are trying to unite the party now and ensure the success of the congresses. We don’t know where and how the rumour emerged because convention has to be conducted before presidential candidate and his running mate is chosen and this has not yet been done,” he said.