BREAKING: Buhari Speaks on Anointing APC Presidential Candidate

BREAKING: Buhari Speaks on Anointing APC Presidential Candidate

  • The northern APC governors said President Buhari told them he has not anointed any presidential aspirant
  • Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state spoke on behalf of his colleagues after a meeting with the president on Monday, June 6
  • The national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had earlier announced Senate president Ahmad Lawan as the party's consensus aspirant

State House, Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has denied anointing any presidential candidate.

The president was said to make this known during a meeting with Northern governors on Monday, June 6, Daily Trust reported.

Buhari, Anointed APC Presidential Candidate, Northern Governors
Northern governors say President denied anointing any presidential aspirant. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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Speaking on behalf of the northern governors, Simon Lalong of Plateau state, said the president clarified that he has no consensus candidate for now.

He said:

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“We sat down in the last few days and took a decision and gave an advisory. While we were on our way to advise the president, part of our discussion leaked out.
“Mr Presidemt being a democrat insisted on listening to us. So, he granted us the opportunity today. Our meeting today is to reaffirm our position.
“We apologised to him that the statement was made by all of us.
“Mr Presidesnt was happy with our decision. Mr President believes in a democratic process and that every candidate must emerge through a transparent process.
“The emphasis Mr president made was that for now, there is no anointed candidate, and therefore directed that the Progressive Governors Forum should meet with the National Working Committee of the party to agree.”

Those in attendance include Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Along of Plateau, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Aminu Masari of Katsina, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Yahaya Inuwa of Gombe, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara.

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The governors made the statement amidst reports that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, was announced as the consensus candidate of the APC.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the APC national chairman, had claimed he arrived at the choice of Lawan following his consultations with President Buhari.

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Similarly, President Buhari has said there will be no imposition of presidential candidate on the APC for the 2023 elections.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari said this at the meeting with APC governors from the northern region.

The president reiterated he has “anointed no one”, adding that the choice of party members must be respected.


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