An increasingly bitter competition for consideration in the 2015 presidential contest has broken out among serving second term governors creating opportunity for hitherto outside contenders.
Among those serially mentioned as seizing opportunity of the rancour among the second term governors is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
Besides trying to seize the initiative from the northern governors, Atiku last weekend, also commissioned his associates to infiltrate into opposition political parties including the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
However, a recurring name mentioned in some quarters for his chances and national acceptance, Senator Ahmed Makarfi from Kaduna State told Vanguard yesterday that he was not thinking about 2015.
The thinking of the northern governors nonetheless, the prospects of them mobilising a northern consensus for the election was yesterday dimming after a senior official of the Middle Belt Forum, MBF ruled out unconditional full scale support for any of the second term northern governors.
Mr. John Asake, a former member of the House of Representatives and National Youth Leader of the Middle Belt Forum said the body would throw its support for any of the candidates based on the interests of the body and the zone.
Vanguard gathered at the weekend that associates of the second term governors seeking to project their chances were projecting their advantages and at the same time projecting the negatives of their rivals in a seeming battle to get ahead in the race.