To present a common front as the party moves nearer 2023, stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress have begun a search for an acceptable candidate among those aspiring for the position of chairman.
Major aspirants are Abdulaziz Yari from North West; former Nasarawa State Governors Abdullahi Adamu and Tanko Al-Makura are the leading contenders from the North-Central, while a former Gombe Governor, Senator Danjuma Goje, a Federal Capital Territory Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Sunny Moniedafe from Adamawa State, and two former Borno State Governors, Senator Kashim Shettima and Modu Sheriff, represent the North-East zone .
Reports said APC leadership and some stakeholders agreed to commence the search in order to keep the “tradition of smooth leadership transition.”
The party source said, “The meeting was essentially to enable the president to receive the report of the national caretaker committee and for us to approve an extension for them.
“The committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, gave a comprehensive report and made recommendations which the president received and the whole house approved.
“Since the formation of the party, our national chairmen have always emerged by consensus. This to a large extent reduced acrimony and we intend to keep it that way.
“The issue of zoning is also being looked at. I can assure you that we will cross the bridge when we get there. For now, the Anambra governorship primary and winning the election is paramount for us.”
Multiple party sources confirm that the race for the position of national chairman is being zeroed down to contestants from the North-East and the North-Central.