WHAT'S next? After Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made his announcement yesterday, the political bandwagon continues. After lunch today, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to declare that he's ready to accept nominations for the Umno president's post.
This will be followed by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is expected to declare that he is ready to be nominated for the number two post. Najib and Muhyiddin is expected to garner substantial number of nominations as divisional meetings start today.
Machang and Kimanis are the first two divisions to hold their AGMs today. Tumpat, Besut and Kuala Kangsar will have theirs tomorrow. Checks with some Umno grassroot leaders indicate that Najib and Muhyiddin are expected to be nominated to the top two posts.
Another aspirant, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will probably be nominated to contest for deputy presidnt's post when his Bagan Datoh division have its AGM on Sunday. Altogether, six divisions in Perak will have their AGMs on Sunday.
If Zahid is to have any chance of getting the required 58 nominations to be eligible to contest, he must get all six to back him. Anything less may make it extremely difficult for him.
In the Federal Territory, Cheras's Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee's division is expected to go for the Najib-Muhyidin combination. Syed Ali had already made known his division's interest last month.
Muhyiddin's division, Pagoh, will also meet this Sunday. It's a given that Pagoh will opt for Najib as president and the Pagoh MP for deputy.
There's also talk of Muhyiddin's so-called partnership with Gua Musang MP and presidential aspirant, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. But Muhyiddin told his boys and ground troops that there's no such thing.
Abdullah's announcement would not necessarily stop divisions from nominating him. There could be one or two divisions who may want to nominate him for whatever reasons, including a show of defiance against those who Abdullah's supporters view as
having plotted for his downfall.
By end of Sunday, we will have got nominations from 34 divisions. Sabah have seven divisions meeting, Selangor two, Penang two, Malacca one, Johor five and Negri Sembilan two.