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Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by powerfulguy: 8:58am On May 24
The Minister of Science and Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, may be President Muhammadu Buhari’s favourite candidate to carry the flag of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2023 presidential election.

Although there were speculations yesterday that the screening of the party’s presidential aspirants earlier scheduled for May 23 may have been postponed to accommodate former President Goodluck Jonathan who is suspected to have submitted his nomination form through the backdoor, insiders suggested a completely different track in confidential discussions with LEADERSHIP last night.

“The press may have got the whole speculation about Jonathan wrong,” one of the sources with deep connections to the party and the Presidency said. “The real dark horse, the man to watch, is Ogbonnaya Onu.”

The source continued: “It’s because the scales are tipping in Onu’s favour that President Buhari has delayed the signing of the amendment to the Electoral Act, that may have permitted political appointees to be voting delegates at the primaries.”

In Nigeria, state governors fund the parties and wield significant control over delegates at election time. Keeping political appointees out of the equation increases governors’ control. At the same time, however, it makes is easier for the President, who still exercises considerable power of patronage, to whip them in line.

Onu is not the only candidate that could potentially benefit from the exclusion of political appointees in a field that boasts over 25 APC aspirants who have submitted nomination forms, but who mostly have weak party structures. The source said, however, that “Onu carries additional appeal and advantage.”

At 70, age is not one of those advantages in country where there appears to be an increasing demand for youth and energy.

“That is true”, another well-connected source said last night. “But Buhari is looking for something more than age. He is desperate to redeem his legacy, especially in the wake of the raft of crises facing the country. You know the role of Buhari, his sacrifice and that of the Nigerian Army during the civil war.

“Rooting for Onu would be a masterstroke for the country’s unity at this time. It would repair Buhari’s damaged legacy, especially the accusations of nepotism against him. And increasingly, the thinking inside the Villa is that it is both fair and right to look to the South East.”

The source added that Onu, an engineer with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Buhari dating to their days, first in the All Nigerian Progressives Party (ANPP), under whose flag Buhari contested the 2003 election.

Although he is only one of the six South East candidates in the race – the others are Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State; former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha; former minister of state for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; former Senate President Ken Nnamani; and Mrs. Uju Ohanenye – he has served in Buhari’s government as minister since 2015, making him the longest-serving South East minister left in the race.

He is also believed to share similar values of ascetism with the president, his only major run-in with controversy being his promise in 2018 to create 400,000 jobs by producing pencils locally, a promise kept in the breach.

“I can tell you,” the source said, “that increasing, those with big money are less favoured.”

There were indications yesterday that Buhari could convene a meeting of the aspirants on Wednesday to hint at his preferred candidate, a move that could whittle down the crowd of aspirants significantly ahead of the Sunday primaries.

It would be recalled that this was the strategy used to choose the new APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, in March.

In recent times a number of groups, including the Southern and Middle-belt Forum, led by elder statesman, Edwin Clark, have called for the ruling party to yield the presidential ticket to the South East.

The leader of the Yoruba Cultural Group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, was the first leading South west leader to make the call on grounds of “equity and fairness.”

During an interview with Channels TV in January, Buhari had said even though he had a preferred candidate, he would keep the candidate close to his chest for the candidate’s sake.

That statement has been interpreted variously, especially by dark horses, but so far, none so probable as Onu.

Buhari and Onu share a long political history. They were both in the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). While Buhari, in 2010, left to form defunct, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Onu emerge national chairman of ANPP.

Their paths crossed politically again, when Onu as chairman of ANPP spearheaded the merger of legacy parties, namely CPC, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and a faction of All Peoples Grand Alliance (APGA) that formed the APC.

With Buhari leading the CPC bloc and Onu leading the ANPP bloc, both party leaders had worked closely and harmoniously, a relationship that ensured that Onu emerged and served as minister for the better part of Buhari’s administration.

Until the APC merger, Onu had remained a loyal ANPP (formerly APP) member since 1998 when he emerged the party’s presidential candidate.

https://leadership.ng/apc-presidential-flag-bearer-ogbonnaya-onu-may-be-buharis-dark-horse/

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by festacman(m): 9:01am On May 24
Ogbonnaya Onu who introduced zero new ideas as minister of science and technology.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by StrongandMighty: 9:01am On May 24
It can be anybody, but may thiefnubu never happen to us!!

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Malory: 9:04am On May 24
Onu is heading to Aso rock

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Frigga13: 9:04am On May 24
Maybe ..
Buhari trust him much.. maybe why Umahi is it perturbed

Buhari playing chess with OduduwA brain..

Yoruba sef

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Malory: 9:05am On May 24
StrongandMighty:
It can be anybody, but may thiefnubu never happen to us!!
Amen

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Mynd44: 9:23am On May 24
Everyday different dark horse or annoyed candidate. You people leave me

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Truthisunique2: 9:25am On May 24
All these one na to sell paper

Buhari choice is the Trusted one, no be 2022 he make the decision

Nobody 60 and above go get that ticket

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by IgOga(m): 9:26am On May 24
Another one grin as long as APC looses power. God forbid another 8 years of insecurity, hardship and human suffering

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Truthisunique2: 9:27am On May 24
IgOga:
Another one grin as long as APC looses power. God forbid another 8 years of insecurity, hardship and human suffering
make our man first rule him 8 years before una disband the party

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Thinkam: 9:27am On May 24
Doesn't change the fact that the country is descending to a dark pit, probably there already

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by donphilopus: 9:28am On May 24
Malory:
Onu is heading to Aso rock

No longer Amaechi? You're the most confused person on Nairaland. "Anywhere belle face" political analyst!

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Maxymilliano(m): 9:32am On May 24
“I can tell you,” the source said, “that increasing, those with big money are less favoured.”
Abeg who are those with big money that will be less favoured by Buhari in the upcoming primaries ?

cool

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by realstars: 9:47am On May 24
I am the Next president of Nigeria. Not Buhari's choice but my peoples choice. I will make your enemy to rest in peace for you. Vote me wisely, right here, right now.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by teadrake(m): 9:48am On May 24
In a saner clime, candidates should run from Buhari's endorsement but this is Nigeria where failure is celebrated.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Ekpeitit(m): 9:52am On May 24
What a stupid post,do you really think Buhari is that dumb?
Don't you think Buhari knows who can win the election for APC and who can't?
Do you really think Buhari wants PDP to win the presidential election?
Your political knowledge is zero.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by nairavsdollars(f): 9:55am On May 24
The pencil producing minister grin grin. Ordinary Wike will beat him hands down

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by drmuchin: 10:22am On May 24
Dark horse ko
HORSEMAN ni

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Malory: 10:34am On May 24
donphilopus:


No longer Amaechi? You're the most confused person on Nairaland. "Anywhere belle face" political analyst!
Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Haven't you heard this phrase before?

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by OBALOLA55(m): 11:55am On May 24
Maxymilliano:

Abeg who are those with big money that will be less favoured by Buhari in the upcoming primaries ?

cool
THE ONE SOME PEOPLE ARE STANDING ON HIS MANHOOD GIDIGBA grin

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by CrownOfClay724: 12:08pm On May 24
Lol.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Corporate2020: 12:29pm On May 24
festacman:
Ogbonnaya Onu who introduced zero new ideas as minister of science and technology.

Old brain is weak. But the main is clean.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by AnyModThatBansM: 3:45pm On May 24
Ghh
Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by JovialJune(f): 3:45pm On May 24
Lol all these permutations, calculations and assumptions will end after June 3rd, all of you should go and rest.

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by SmartPolician: 3:46pm On May 24
festacman:
Ogbonnaya Onu who introduced zero new ideas as minister of science and technology.

The man is a big failure. It's even surprising that he made a first class in Chemical Engineering from Unilag cheesy

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by Felabrity: 3:46pm On May 24
Not even close

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Re: Ogbonnaya Onu May Be Buhari’s Favourite Candidate - Leadership by NaijaCover(m): 3:47pm On May 24
Hmmmmm

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