The die is cast as the most populous black nation on earth, Nigerians are eager to elect its president for the next democratic dispensation. Unlike in the past, Nigerians seem to be more concerned this time about the running mates to the presidential candidates. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as its running mate, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) vice-presidential candidate is Peter Obi. However, considering the fact that the two major contenders President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are very popular in the North, the question in the minds of many Nigerians is can their running mates be the game-changer when the elections eventually gets underway? ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU seeks answers in this report.

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