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My favourite candidate for 2023 presidential election may be eliminated if I reveal his identity

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that revealing the identity of his preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election may put the latter’s life at risk of elimination.

Buhari said this during an exclusive interview aired by Channels TV on Wednesday.

“I wouldn‘t (mention the name of my favourite successor) because he may be eliminated if I do. I better keep that a secret,” Mr Buhari said when asked if he has a favourite among those eyeing the presidency in 2023.

There’s are been rumours of former President Goodluck Jonathan contesting in the 2023 presidential elections, owing to his numerous visits to Buhari in the Ado Villa. According to reports, Jonathan is the preferred candidate for Northern elites, since he only has one term to spend in office, which gives a northern candidate room to contest again in 2027.

Also, there have been rumours that a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi, Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among others are vying for the position.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also informed Buhari, of his readiness to contest in the presidential election in 2023.