- President Buhari has reportedly backed the call for the southern region to produce the presidential flagbearer of the APC
- The president made his position known at a meeting with the presidential hopefuls of the ruling party on Saturday, June 4
- Meanwhile, the APC governors from the north had earlier asked the president to look toward the southern presidential aspirants when considering his preferred successor.
The president made this known at a dinner with All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants at the Aso Rock Villa, The Nation reported.
The governors also asked the northern presidential hopefuls to withdraw from the race for the sake of national interest.
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Meanwhile, Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa state, announced his withdrawal from the race before the meeting with the president.
The governor was hailed by his colleagues for taking the "patriotic" decision to withdraw from the race.
Come up with formidable consensus candidate, Buhari tells APC aspirants
In a related development, President Buhari has asked the presidential hopefuls of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come up with a formidable consensus candidate before the party holds its primary election.
The president made this disclosure during a meeting with the aspirants, on Saturday, June 4, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 5
Meanwhile, the ruling party has fixed June 6-8 for its special convention to elect its presidential flagbearer.
APC presidential primary: Akpabio makes tough statement about withdrawing from race after meeting with Buhari
APC presidential primary: Akpabio denies withdrawing from the race
Meanwhile, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, has vowed not to withdraw from the presidential race.
His statement came a few hours after President Buhari met with the presidential aspirants of the ruling APC and urged them to come up with a consensus candidate.
Akpabio, in a post on Facebook on Sunday morning, June 5, described rumours that he has withdrawn from the race as “wicked lies” and urged delegates to disregard it.