President Muhammadu Buhari shall in the coming days meet with all aspirants who are seeking to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC).
According to a presidency source who disclosed this on Monday, the president, who is the leader of the party, will meet with the aspirants “most likely after the National Convention, when it is expected that all those who are intending to run on the party’s platform would have indicated interest”.
Among the front-runners who have declared their interest to run are former Lagos State governor and APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi and former Imo State governor, and now senator, Rochas Okorocha.
Others who are rumoured to be seeking to contest on the APC platform but are yet to declare are vice-president Yemi Osinbajo; Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation; Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Recall that President Buhari, in a recent interview, said even if he has a preferred candidate, he will not reveal his identity for safety reasons.
When asked how the ruling party will seek to manage the deluge of presidential aspirants without a crisis, the source said the president will soon meet with all those seeking to contest the presidential election before the primaries.
He also commended the president for not revealing the identity of his preferred aspirant, saying doing so would have dampened the morale of other aspirants.