The ANC in Mpumalanga, unlike its Limpopo counterpart, wants Lamola, who represents a younger generation of leaders, to stand up.
Lamola is fighting to become number two in the ANC but faces a fierce competition from several other aspiring candidates in the event they have been nominated.
Several others, including Treasurer General Paul Mashatile, Mmamoloko Kubayi and Oscar Mabuyane, are said to be interested in the post.
Ayanda Dlodlo’s name is now also making the rounds in ANC circles.
Mpumalanga follows the Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) – which decided to back Ramaphosa for a second term during the week.
The ANC heads to its national election conference, with nominations pushed back by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Ramaphosa’s bid to stay in power appears to be gaining momentum with the PECs now publicly announcing what they want in December.