- Ahead of the APC's presidential primary, President Buhari has opened up that he will like to choose a preferred successor
- The Nigerian leader made this known to the APC governors at a meeting on Tuesday, May 31, and asked them to him out
- After the president's statement, the governors are said be in a closed-door meeting to discuss the how to help the president to pick a successor
He was quoted to have said at the meeting which was also attended by the APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu:
“In keeping with the established internal policies of the Party and as we approach the Convention in a few days, therefore, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the Governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party for election into the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023."
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I need to provide stronger leadership ahead of 2023, says Buhari
Speaking further, President Buhari told the governors that he realises the ‘compelling need’ for him to provide ‘stronger leadership to the party under this transition process.’
He said the stronger leadership is not only to ensure that APC’s electoral fortunes improve but also to ensure that the party "retains power at the centre" by winning the presidential election.
At the meeting with the governors, President Buhari also stated the factors he would consider in supporting a presidential candidate among the 25 persons seeking to fly the APC flag.
“Our objective must be the victory of our party and our choice of candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence even before the elections,” he said.
Reacting to the development, a Nigerian journalist, Taiwo Hassan Adebayo, said:
"A careful analysis of Muhammadu Buhari's speech at his meeting with the APC governors today suggests that he's opposed to an open primary election to pick the party's presidential flagbearer.
"He's asking the governor to allow him to determine his own successor."
The APC holds its presidential primary from June 6 to 8.
APC governors in closed-door meeting after Buhari’s stance on presidential candidate
Meanwhile, APC governors are currently in a closed-door meeting in Abuja.
The governors are believed to be discussing President Buhari’s message to them earlier on Tuesday that he wants to pick his successor, Premium Times stated.
Details of the meeting are not yet available at the time of filing this report.
After closed-door meeting with APC governors, Buhari departs Abuja
After his meeting with the APC governors, President Buhari is departing for the capital of Spain, Madrid, on a three-day state visit.
A statement by Femi Adesina, a presidential media aide, disclosed that Buhari's visit is on the invitation of President Pedro Sanchez.
The Nigerian leader will meet with the Head of State of the Spanish nation, His Majesty King Felipe VI.