Northern governors representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) have stated that Buhari does not have a designated presidential candidate.
In addition, they rejected the selection of Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the party, reportedly announced Lawan as the consensus candidate, a decision with which several members of the National Working Committee disagreed.
In a meeting with Northern governors on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari informed them that he had not appointed a candidate.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, briefed State House reporters following the meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to him, the thirteen of them apologised to the president for obtaining the stolen information regarding their position.
Governor stated that the decision was made in the interest of justice and peace in the country.
He stated, “As a believer in democratic process, Mr. President, I believe that any contender must emerge through a transparent process.
“Mr. President informed us that, at this time, he does not have a designated candidate for this election. As a result, he directed the Progressive Governors Forum to meet with the National Working Committee of the party in order to discuss and propose additional solutions and recommendations for his own succession.”