2023 Election: ‘APC may go for consensus candidate in presidential primary’ – Bagudu

The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, (PGF), Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) may present a presidential candidate by consensus.

Bagudu spoke after former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu, a presidential aspirant, met with APC governors behind closed doors at the Kebbi Lodge, Abuja, hours after vice president Yemi Osinbajo formally declared his interest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after 2023.

According to him, “We always encourage our party to go for the best”, adding: “Don’t forget that in the 2015 presidential election primary, President Buhari contested against several others and it was a beautiful contest.

“There is nothing wrong. Members of the party always want to see consensus if it is possible, but we are a democratic party.

“In our last convention, we had consensus in some of the offices and election in some others. There is always misrepresentation of consensus as if people are being snowballed into positions they would rather not take.

“APC has done well as a party; President Buhari has led the party ably well, and we believe strongly that come 2023, Nigerians will see another president of the APC extraction”.

Governors at the meeting with Tinubu included Nasir el-Rufa’i, (Kaduna); Babajide Sanwo-Olu, (Lagos); Umaru Ganduje, (Kano); Atiku Bagudu, (Kebbi); Mai Mala Buni, (Yobe), Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, (Jigawa) and Dapo Abiodun, (Ogun).

Others were AbudlRazaq AbdulRahman (Kwara), Hope Uzodinma, (Imo), Abdullahi Sule, (Nasarawa), and Isiaka Oyetola, (Osun).

Asides from Tinubu and Osinbajo, Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, former governors, Orji Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha, and serving governors of Kogi and Ebonyi States, Yahaya Bello and Dave Umahi, are also seeking the ruling party’s ticket.

While members of opposition parties are foreseeing chaos ahead of the APC primary election, Bagudu said the race for the presidential ticket among the aspirants is a positive for the party.

Tinubu told newsmen that his meeting with the governors was to solicit their support for his ambition to be elected Nigeria president in 2023.

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