Northern APC Governors React as Adamu Announces Lawan as Consensus Candidate

Northern APC Governors React as Adamu Announces Lawan as Consensus Candidate

  • Northern APC governors have rejected the selection of Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the party
  • The national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had announced Lawan as the consensus aspirant ahead of the primaries
  • However, the governors insisted that power should shift to the southern region in 2023 in the interest of justice and peace

State House, Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors from the northern region have rejected the choice of Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the ruling party.

The governors at a meeting on Monday, June 6, with President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that power should rotate to the southern part of the country in 2023, Daily Trust reported.

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Northern APC Governors, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Consensus Candidate
Northern APC governors rejected the choice of Senate president Ahmad Lawan as the party's consensus presidential aspirant. Photo credit: @LalongBako
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Legit.ng gathers that the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state, briefed newsmen after the meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said they, northern governors, apologised to the president for receiving the information about their position after it was leaked.

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The governor, however, said that they took the decision in the interest of justice and peace in the country.

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Lalong further said President Buhari agreed with their position and maintained that the presidential candidate must emerge through a transparent process.

He said President Buhari told them he did not have an anointed candidate for now and directed them to meet the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to agree on the succession plan.

On the absence of the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, at the meeting where the power shift decision was taken, he said his colleague was not part of the agreement as his signature was not on the statement.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state in his remarks said it was the democratic right of Kogi governor to excuse himself.

Adamu announces Lawan as consensus aspirant

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, was said to have announced Lawan as the consensus candidate.

However, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) reportedly disagreed with the decision.

The NWC members were said to have insisted that all the aspirants must be given a level playing ground to compete at the primaries.

Source: Legit.ng

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