- The ruling APC is seriously making preparations for the next presidential election coming up in 2023
- At the moment, the ruling party is reportedly planning to adopt a consensus mode in choosing its flagbearer for the election
- The plan is to have a set of aspirants agree on the modalities so as to avoid issues that will engender internal wranglings
Sources in the All Progressives Congress are claiming that the ruling party might resort to the consensus method in choosing its presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
The sources said this is because the number of party chieftains indicating interest in the presidential ticket is increasing, a situation that might generate serious internal friction.
One of the APC bigwigs who spoke with Punch recently without disclosing his identity stated that at the moment calls are being made to aspirants to unite and reach an agreement ahead of the primary.
Another ruling party's source expressed fear of the fallout if this move to close the ranks of emerging aspirants fails.
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“...a crowded presidential primary may breed bad blood and threaten the chances of the party in 2023.”
In line with this planned arrangement, two potential aspirants, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are said to be preparing for a crucial meeting.
Confirming this, a source in the party said:
“Both Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will soon meet to discuss issues relating to the 2023 election.
“Leaders of the party are working on adopting a consensus presidential candidate, which has received presidential endorsement.”
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Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general election, Salihu Lukman, the director-general of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), had said that it would be counter-productive for the ruling APC to pick its presidential candidate outside the party.
Lukman said that pushing negotiation for the emergence of the APC presidential candidate outside the structures of the party is a threat to internal unity among the members and leaders.
In a statement issued on Sunday, October 3, in Abuja, the APC chieftain said campaign and negotiation for power shift should be carried out within the party structures.