APC Chairman, Adamu Announces Ahmed Lawan As Presidential Consensus Candidate
Governors and National Working Committee members disagree, insist on a fair primary election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adamu has named Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.
Adamu made the announcement at the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja on Monday.
His support for Lawan as a consensus candidate runs counter to the views of 11 APC northern governors, who have stated that power must shift to the South following President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Adamu told the National Working Committee that he arrived at the choice of Lawan after consultation with President Buhari.
Earlier, Buhari was said to have held a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja with governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the north.
This comes as the party prepares for its convention to select its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.
Although President Buhari has maintained his position on the consensus arrangement, none of the 23 presidential aspirants has reached an agreement.
Governors in attendance included Atiku Bagudu, chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Simeon Lalong, Abubakar Baduru (Jigawa), and Babagana Zulum, governor of Plateau State (Borno).
Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Bello Matawale (Zamfara), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Inuwa (Gombe), Abubakar Bello (Niger), and Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State, were also present.