Senator Abdullahi Adamu has named Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the APC consensus presidential candidate, contrary to the view of most Northern governors on the power shift to the South.
This was stated by Adamu, Vanguard gathered, during a meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC, on Monday in Abuja.
Some members of the NWC, according to sources, objected to the move and demanded that other Presidential aspirants, such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and Engr. David Umahi, be allowed to run in the primary election at tomorrow’s convention in Eagle Square, Abuja.
Adamu’s endorsement of Lawan as a consensus candidate goes against the wishes of 11 APC governors from the south, who believe that power should be transferred to the south following President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Adamu informed the NWC that he chose Lawan after consulting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a closed-door meeting with Buhari and Northern governors, Some APC northern governors rushed to Aso Villa in response to the decision, where they are now meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The gathering takes place one day before the start of the party’s convention, which will decide the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
Although President Buhari has maintained his position on the consensus accord, none of the 23 presidential candidates have reached an agreement.
The meeting with the APC governors from the North is his fourth attempt to guarantee that the party offers a consensus candidate in order to avoid dissent at the convention’s conclusion.
Atiku Bagudu, head of the Progressive Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Simeon Lalong, Abubakar Baduru (Jigawa), and Babagana Zulum, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and governor of Plateau State, are among the governors in attendance (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, the governor of Yobe State, are among the others.
Only the governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, has yet to arrive at the time of submitting this report.
Bello is also running for president.