APC governors disagree with Adamu on consensus

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Elders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are locked in a dispute over the  choice of the party’s standard bearer few hours to its national convention.

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Thirteen governors of the party from the North, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, insisted the presidential ticket of the party must go to the South.

Their position was reaffirmed by the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, who led the team to the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, who said the president had no anointed among the aspirants as the flag bearer of the party.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Lalong said President Buhari had requested the governors to have a meeting with the National Working Committee of the party to resolve the issue of consensus candidate through democratic means.
Lalong, who was flanked by 12 other governors, said they told the president of their decision to ensure that power returned to the South for the sake of equity and unity of the country.
But a meeting with the NWC later ended in a shouting match and some northern governors angrily walked out of the meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, in his house around the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
Kogi State Givernor, Yahaya Bello, was visibily angry about Adamu’s pronouncement of Lawan as the party’s consensus candidate and could be seen being pacified by Borno State Governor, Prof Umara Zulum.

The governors had on Saturday asked Buhari to look toward the southern presidential hopefuls when considering his pick for the flagbearer of the ruling party in the 2023 elections.

They had also asked the northern presidential hopefuls in the APC to withdraw from the race in national interest.

A statement issued after the meeting said Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa state, had withdrawn from the race “to contribute to this patriotic quest”.

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Speaking to BBC Hausa on Sunday, Badaru had said the discussion is still a proposal to be sent to the president for approval.

The governor added that he will only withdraw from the presidential race if Buhari gives his consent for power to be shifted to the south.

“I am not in a position to withdraw until I hear what Buhari says. If he says we should go ahead with a contest, we will go ahead. If he says we should withdraw and take the candidature to the south, we will do so and be in the vanguard to convince others from the north to drop their ambition because Baba says it should go to the south. However, if Baba said we should continue we will continue,” Badaru had said.

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