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Buhari And APC Presidential Aspirants’ Fails To Produce Consensus Candidate After Meeting

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On Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari asked All Progressives Congress presidential aspirants to consult among and select a formidable candidate before the party’s presidential primary on Monday.

The President gave the advice during a meeting with all APC presidential aspirants at the State House in Abuja, according to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

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“Without prejudice to your qualifications, I urge all of you to consult among yourselves and with the party in order to build a consensus that will help the party reduce the number of aspirants, bring up a formidable candidate, and reduce the anxiety of party members,” Buhari was quoted as saying by his spokesman.

According to Adesina, the President stated that the meeting was the second in a series of consultations with party stakeholders to ensure the APC’s unity and cohesion and to provide direction.

He recalled a meeting with stakeholders “that would help our party’s electoral fortunes, beginning with the state governors.” This is the second in the series, and I am still looking forward to meeting with stakeholders from both parties. These steps are being taken to ensure the party’s unity and cohesion, as well as to provide direction.”

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He recalled a meeting with stakeholders “that would help our party’s electoral fortunes, beginning with the state governors.” This is the second in the series, and I am still looking forward to meeting with stakeholders from both parties. These steps are being taken to ensure the party’s unity and cohesion, as well as to provide direction.”

Noting the upcoming presidential primary, which will see the emergence of one candidate to fly the party’s flag in next year’s presidential election, Buhari stated that he was aware of party members’ concerns about the outcome of the process.

The President was also quoted as saying, “Given these circumstances, I charge you to recognize the importance of the party’s stability and unity, which cannot be overstated.” Similarly, I’d like to remind you that our flag bearer must be formidable, appealing to voters across the board, and have the ability to unite the country as well as the capacity to address our critical challenges.

“Prior to the convention, the party machinery screened and found all aspirants to be highly qualified.” Recognizing this fact, the screening committee has recommended, among other things, that consensus building through consultation be stepped up.

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“Without prejudice to your qualifications, I urge all of you to consult among yourselves and with the party in order to reach a consensus that will assist the party in reducing the number of aspirants, bringing up a formidable candidate, and reducing the anxiety of party members.”

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The President assured attendees that he would continue to provide effective leadership during the transition process and ongoing consultation “until we successfully make the choice on the candidate who will fly the flag of our party for the presidential election and make the party stronger.” I am seeking your assistance in this critical role.”

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s National Chairman, had previously promised that all stakeholders would be consulted.

Responding on behalf of the aspirants, the immediate past Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru, and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, thanked the President for his leadership and guidance, promising to hold the consultation as advised “for the unity and strength of our party, the APC.”

Former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu, ex-Zamfara State governor Ahmad Yarima, ex-Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha, ex-Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun, and Senate President Ahmed Lawan were among those present.

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Others include governors Yahaya Bello (Kogi), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), and Ben Ayade (Cross River; former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation; Onu; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former Minister of State for Education; and businessman Tein Jack-Rich.

The meeting was also attended by the APC Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Photo Credit: Getty

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