Take It Or Leave It, Ahmed Lawan Is The ‘Consensus Candidate’, Adamu Didn’t Act On His Own – APC Senator Reveals


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Take It Or Leave It, Ahmad Lawan Is The ‘Consensus Candidate’, Adamu Didn’t Act On His Own – APC Senator Reveals

Ahead of the APC presidential primary election scheduled to hold at the Eagle Square, Abuja tomorrow, there were abundant signs on Monday that political rupture was imminent in the ruling party.

Party delegates are expected to choose the APC candidate for the 2023 presidential election tomorrow.

APC National Chairman, former Senator Abdullahi Adamu announced that Senate President Ahmed Lawan has been chosen as consensus candidate during a meeting of the National Working Committee of the party on Monday and while there was no official statement issued to this effect , some members of the APC NWC have however submitted that it was Adamu’s personal opinion and not that of the entire leadership of the party.

APC National Organizing Secretary, Alhaji Suleiman Mohammed Argungu told journalists that what Adamu said was contrary to the resolution of the Northern Governors who strongly recommended that a member of the party in the Southern part of the country should be allowed to get the presidential nomination.

Argungu was flanked by Isaac Kekemeke and Victor Giadom, who are the National Vice Chairman, South West and South-South, respectively..

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25 people including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Dr Ogbonaya Onu and Senator Rochas Okorocha had shown interest to become the party’s presidential candidate.

The governors of APC-controlled states have also not been on the same page with regard to who should be allowed to run on the party’s ticket.

The APC governors in the north had during a meeting held during the weekend resolved that a member of the party in the Southern part of the country should be allowed to get the presidential nomination.

The governors had set up a three-man committee to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and inform him of their resolution but shortly after leaving the meeting, this was leaked to the press.

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They however eventually met with the president on Monday and later told State House Correspondents that the decision taken during the said meeting remained sacrosanct.

It was learned that Governor Yahaya Bello, who is one of the presidential aspirants , had not only objected to the decision taken by his colleagues but also refused to join them during their visit to the Presidential Villa on Monday.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state in a statement made available to WeetalknaijaBlog by his Special Adviser on Political Communications however clarified that he was in support of the decision taken by his colleagues in the north that a member of the party in the Southern part of the country should be allowed to get the presidential nomination.

We have been inundated with enquiries on whether our Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq supports the resolution of the Northern leaders on Power Shift to Southern Nigeria.

We like to state emphatically that the Governor was ab initio fully part of the meeting and resolution of the Northern leaders that the next President should come from the Southern part of the country.

The Governor could not immediately sign the resolution of the meeting because he was at his niece’s wedding held on Saturday June 4,2022 where he was the Chief Host .

Governor AbdulRazaq’s Northern colleagues were thus unable to wait for his physical signature on the resolution because they needed to send it to the President immediately.

The final copy of resolution was however brought to him later and he became the 12th signatory to the resolution.

Attached here is the final list of the 12 Northern Governors , including Governor AbdulRahanan AbdulRazaq endorsing Southern Presidency in 2023 ‘ he said.

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu also confirmed on Monday night that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has been chosen as ‘consensus candidate’.

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He also noted that Abdulahi Adamu could not have acted on his own and must have consulted with the president before making such an announcement during the NWC meeting.

Orji Kalu ,who served for two terms as governor of Abia state, said this on Monday while appearing as a guest on Seun Okinbaloye’s Politics Today programme on Channels TV.

He can never act on his own, the president is the leader of the party Lawan is the choice of the party and the choice of the party is the choice of the president’ he said.

Asked if it was the duty of Adamu to announce the party’s candidate Kalu said the former senator has done nothing wrong .

‘He is the head of the party, he represents the supremacy of the party he is the chairman.

Mr president is the leader of the party and he must not do that only the party chairman can announce the party’s choice’ the senator said.

He however accused the governors of being unfair to the president.

‘The governors are not just being fair to the president they select who will replace them in their states, they select party chairmen and exco members.

I don’t know why they want to select for the president, it does not make sense’ he added.

Kalu however said the president has not announced anyone as his preferred candidate but would rather allow the party to do that.

‘He has not anointed anyone but he can do that through the mechanism of the party, the party chairman has made the consensus candidate known, is there any meeting held at the Presidential Villa that you did not see Adamu there? He asked.

Kalu however noted that the governors have done what is democratic by asking that their views be heard but added that such must never be allowed to override that of the president.

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Kalu , who called Lawan the most qualified candidate, also said he was aware that five among the governors have been promised to be chosen as vice presidential candidate hence their strong opposition to the Lawan candidacy which would make their ambitions earn natural death.

The Senate Chief Whip, who noted that he would have supported the idea of having a southerner getting the APC presidential nomination if others in the south had agreed that the South East would have it , added that only the South East and the North East have not produced the nation’s president.

The South West and the South South had however according to him enjoyed such a privilege through Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan respectively.

President Muhammadu Buhari however on Monday afternoon said he has no preferred candidate.

He said this during the meeting held with the Northern APC governors in Abuja.

Buhari said he has ‘no preferred candidate’ , has ‘anointed no one’ and determined to ensure that ‘there shall be no imposition of any candidate on the party’.

‘You were elected as I was. Have a clear mind as I have. God gave us the chance; we have no reason to complain. We must be ready to take pain as we take the joy. Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody’ he said.

No one can predict what would be the outcome of the primary election tomorrow and the dramatic scenes that would be enacted. The party leaders have however been busy consulting with the stakeholders to ensure that no one rocks the boat.

The NWC members will this night hold a crucial meeting with the governors of APC-controlled states at the APC national secretariat, Abuja.


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