Tinubu, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Umahi, Fayemi make shortlist of APC primary, as Ken Nnamani drops

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…We’re still exploiting possibility of consensus candidate –Party chieftain

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All Progressives Congress Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and four other party bigwigs from the South, have emerged successful in the shortlist of aspirants for the ongoing APC special primary convention to elect a flagbearer for the party’s 2023 presidential election.

Announcing this in Abuja, Tuesday, a party chieftain, Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau State, said the other four included; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State as well as Gov Kayode Fayemi of  Ekiti State.

–Rotimi Amaechi
–Gov Dave Umahi
–Gov Kayode Fayemi

Lalong said this was done based on the reality on ground devoid of sentiments or any atom of bias.

He said the idea of shortlisting only candidates from the South is an attestation of of the governors’ commitment to let the region have its way as widely canvassed.

He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has thus, asked the Progressive Governors’ Forum  to further prune down the number of aspirants and then submit their names to the party for necessary action.

“Additionally, the five aspirants were advised to discuss among themselves, with a view to reaching a consensus on most befitting flagbearer,” Lalong further revealed.

…As Ken Nnamani drops

Meanwhile, an aspirant, former President of the Senate, Sen. Ken Nnamani, has  withdrawn from the party’s presidential primary, pledging to back emergence of any Southeast aspirant.

Nnamani, who disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, while briefing newsmen, said that he withdrew from the race over the party’s alleged decision to jettison the zoning arrangement.

He also alleged that the primary had been monetised by some serving political office holders and some party chieftains.

He, however, expressed determination to support the emergence of any aspirant from the Southeast, noting that they have what it takes to move the country forward.

“The fact that leading northerners failed to indicate interest in the race convinced many of us that our party will thread the path of honour and justice by zoning its presidency to the south after a northern president has completed eight years

“But the events of recent days created the impression that zoning had been jettisoned in the APC.

“The vacillation of party leaders regarding zoning of the APC presidential ticket has not created clarity in the party and injures the confidence and faith of many in the south, particularly the southeast, in the party.

“It has the implication of suggesting to many in the party, including myself, that the party will allow conveniences of the moment to override foundational issues of justice and fairness.

The former Senate President said that another issue that confused the process for the primary was the lack of certainty on schedules and timelines.

This uncertainty, he said, frustrated effective campaign and made the primary a game for those with deep pockets who are those mostly in control of state funds and those in political offices.

“And I am not in any of these groups. In the present circumstances, it does not make any sense for me to continue in the race, as I have not had the opportunity to market my profile and ideas to the delegates of our party in a manner that allows for deliberation and introspection.

“Therefore, I discontinue my aspiration and wish the party successful primary and unity of purpose so that we can win the 2023 general elections.

“I will continue to engage with the party and its leadership to make sure that the ideas and values that I cherish and propagate find strong footing in the party administration and in public leadership after election.

“No matter the outcome of the primary, I pray that our party does justice to the Southeast that ought to present the next presidential candidate of our party,” he said.

…APC still exploiting possibility of consensus candidate –Party chieftain

Meanwhile, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued discussions on the possibility of coming up with a concensus candidate ahead of Tuesday’s Special Convention for its presidential primary election.

Alhaji Abubakar Kyari, Vice Chairman, North, of the party, in Abuja, said discussions on the issue would continue tonight at the house of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman.

Kyari spoke to newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting between governors elected on the party’s platform and members of its National Working Committee (NWC) at the party’s national secretariat.

When asked if the party had come up with a concensus candidate, Kyari said: “the discussion continues tonight at the house of the party’s national chairman”.

He said the possibility of the party coming up with a concensus candidate before the primaries, could therefore not be ruled out./SHARE THIS

Tags: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, VP Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Dave Umahi, Kayode Fayemi, Sen Ken Nnamani, Abubakar Kyari, APC Special Convention

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