APC primaries: Osinbajo, Tinubu, 3 others race for Presidential ticket

By Oluwaseun Sonde

Nigerian Presidential aide, Ahmad Bashir on tweets, stated that the venue for the All Progressive Congress Special Convention slated for today is 100% ready to start receiving more than 2,000 delegates from the 36 States and FCT Abuja.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari saluted all delegates, who have traveled from far and near, described them as “the true pillars of the APC, who have been the strength from formation, to the first electoral victory, to 2nd in 2019, and to the 3rd, by the grace of Almighty Allah, in 2023”.

As delegates set to battle for the votes, Bashir further stated that “Today, the governing party, our great party, APC is choosing presidential candidate for the next year general election, it is going to be an interesting ride as the day will henceforth be counted as one of the historic days in Nigeria’s politics”.

Meanwhile, APC Governors have recommended Bola Ahmad Tinubu, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transportation Minister, Rotimi Ameachi, Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi as possible consensus candidates

Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, saying the APC is looking at the possibility of a consensus candidate.

According to him, “From our own recommendations, as of this morning, we recommended five people. In alphabetical order, we said Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, John Kayode Fayemi, David Umahi and Professor Yemi Osinbajo, those are our recommendation”.

He said consensus is possible. “Right from yesterday up till today, we have been doing consultations like Mr President said, ‘I give you the opportunity, work on it.’

“Governors and the National Working Committee will continue on that consensus. As of yesterday, we were able to even reduce, made recommendations of about five persons, from 23 aspirants to about 13 aspirants recommendation without disqualifying anybody.”

“Within that 13 aspirants that were graded by the Screening Committee, we now looked at it and then recommended, that was jointly done by the Progressive governors and members of the National Working Committee, reducing it to five”, he added.

Lalong’s comments come a day after the APC’s NWC as well as the 19 northern governors insisted on the emergence of a southerner as Nigeria’s next President.

The NWC stands with the position of the northern governors elected on the APC platform for power to shift to the southern part of the country when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his eight-year two terms billed to lapse in May 2023.

APC: Buhari clears stand on choice of Presidential candidate

Earlier, President Buhari has cleared all doubts about his stands on the choice of a presidential candidate for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.

Speaking at a meeting with the Governors at the State House on Monday, Abuja, he said the party is important and its members must be respected, and made to feel they are important.

Declaring before the party’s 14 governors of northern states that he has “no preferred candidate,” and has “anointed no one,” and is determined to ensure that “there shall be no imposition of any candidate on the party.”

The President said he had a clear mind about what he was doing and asked the APC governors to feel the same way: “You were elected as I was. Have a clear mind as I have.

“God gave us the chance; we have no reason to complain. We must be ready to take pain as we take the joy. Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody”, he said.

Earlier in their addresses, Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of the Progressive Governors Forum.

Said they had come to affirm the position of the Northern Governors that the party’s candidate in the presidential election shall come from the southern part of the country.

The Governors apologised to the President for the leakage of their signed memorandum which was not in support of a particular candidate and gave assurances to President on their readiness to accept his leadership on the matter.

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