Buhari Pushes for Consensus as Northern Govs Back Southern Presidency

buhari pushes for consensus as northern govs back southern presidency
buhari pushes for consensus as northern govs back southern presidency

Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari urged presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to consult, reach consensus, and choose a strong candidate in advance of the party’s presidential primary.

This was expressed by Buhari when he received the 23 presidential candidates at the State House in Abuja. He advised them to undertake deliberations and nominate a formidable candidate before the party’s primary poll is held between June 6 and 8, 2022.

The president stated that the meeting was a continuation of the current consultative process designed to ensure the smooth and strategic emergence of an APC presidential candidate who will lead the party to a resounding victory in the upcoming election.

“Prior to the convention, the party apparatus evaluated all candidates and judged them to be exceedingly qualified. Recognizing this, the Screening Committee has, among other things, suggested intensifying consensus building via consultation.

“Without prejudice to your qualifications, I urge you all to consult among yourselves and with the party in order to build a consensus that will help the party reduce the number of aspirants, produce a formidable candidate, and alleviate the anxiety of party members,” the president was quoted as saying by his media aide, Femi Adesina.

In the interest of the country and the party, he assured that he would continue to provide effective leadership during the transition processes and ongoing consultations “until we successfully select the candidate who will carry the party’s banner in the presidential election and strengthen the party. I seek your assistance with this vital obligation.”

Previously, the national chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had stated that the consultation process will include all party stakeholders.

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, a former governor of old Abia State and immediate past Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of the aspirants, thanked the president for his leadership and guidance and pledged to hold the consultations as advised “for the unity and strength of our party, the APC.”

Northern governments to Buhari: Choose a successor from the South

Eleven northern governors have requested that President Buhari choose his successor from the south.

The governors’ stance came 24 hours after SHAUNTV revealed on Sunday that a clique in the administration had successfully sold Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s candidacy to the president.

There have been political rumblings about where the successor of President Buhari, who is completing his second term, should come from, with southern governors believing it is their turn to lead the nation.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from Adamawa was chosen as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the upcoming general election.

Buhari met with the 22 APC governors on Tuesday and informed them that he required their assistance in selecting his successor. He stated that the party’s presidential candidate must instil confidence and a sense of success in the Nigerian populace before to the polls.

In a statement signed by all of them, the APC-affiliated northern governors encouraged all northern candidates for the party’s presidential nomination to drop out of the contest.

The governors are Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Abdullahi A. Sule (Nasarawa), Babagana Umara Zulum (Borno), Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai (Kaduna) and Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe).

Others are Bello M. Matawalle (Zamfara), Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa) and a former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko.

The governors, who emerged from an emergency meeting, stated that the southern region of the country should assume leadership following Buhari’s term.

The statement continues, “After careful consideration, we are firmly convinced that after eight years in government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections should be one of our numerous members from the southern states of Nigeria.

“It is a matter of honour for the APC, a responsibility that is unaffected by the decisions of another political party. We affirm that following this ideal will help develop a stronger, more unified, and more progressive nation.

“Therefore, we wish to strongly suggest to President Buhari that the hunt for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate be restricted to our fellow countrymen from the southern states. We request that all candidates from northern states withdraw in the national interest and that only candidates from the South advance to the primary.

“It is the responsibility of the APC to ensure that the 2023 elections are a time of nation-building, reinforcing that a democratic path to power exists for everyone who respect cooperation and develop national platforms. The selection of our party’s candidate requires the most sober and inclusive approach possible at this time. In this regard, we call on all APC leaders to fulfil their responsibilities.”

Southern governments welcome growth

Rotimi Akeredolu, chairman of the Southern Governors Forum and governor of Ondo State, described the decision of the northern governors as heartwarming in his response.

“We did not anticipate anything less than this heartwarming choice from our colleagues, who are outstanding patriots and dependable partners in the collaborative efforts to achieve nationhood for our beautiful country. This is a significant milestone in our pursuit of mutual understanding, reconciliation, and ongoing involvement for mutual benefit.

“We recognise this heroic stance for justice and morality. We appreciate the energy and resolve of our brethren to participate in realistic and sincere dialogue. We applaud this rare willingness to overcome obstacles to the march towards national sovereignty and ultimate glory.

“By this act, we are persuaded that our colleagues are serious about joining other patriots in ensuring that the march towards stability, growth, and prosperity is not halted by indiscretion.”

Badaru withdraws from the race

Abubakar Badaru, the governor of Jigawa State, has withdrawn from the race.

With Badaru out of the running, the remaining candidates for the APC ticket in the North are Senate President Lawan, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, and former Zamfara State Governor, Senator Ahmed Yarima.

The governor of Ebonyi State and a presidential candidate on the party’s platform has stated that he will not challenge Buhari’s nominee in the 2023 election.

He said this when he visited with Lawan in Abuja on Saturday. Umahi stated that Buhari was a decent man, but added that his adversaries are harming him.

The event, which began at 9:00 p.m., was attended by all the candidates.

S/ West will present the consensus candidate

In the meantime, political leaders from the South West geographical are exerting frantic attempts to get hopefuls from the region to present a united front before tomorrow’s convention.

According to information obtained by SHAUNTV on Sunday, the promoters of the consensus move in the South West – former APC chairman Chief Bisi Akande and former Ogun State governor Olusegun Osoba – have also reached out to prominent traditional rulers in the region in an effort to convince some of the aspirants to consider stepping down.

This morning at 1 a.m., the proponents of the consensus were holding a meeting.

The duo of Akande and Osoba had previously met with the candidates in Lagos, where it was decided that they would conduct their electioneering campaigns without hate, without animosity, and with goodwill.

The presidential candidates are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole, chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi, as well as former Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, senator representing Ondo North senatorial district, Robert Ajayi Boroffice, and the Serving Over

It has been learned that either Tinubu or Osinbajo, who are seen to be the top candidates, will emerge as the consensus choice if the leaders are able to push through the initiative.

We could censure Tinubu, but there are no statutory delegates for the primary – Abdullah Adamu

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the APC, stated that the party may punish Tinubu for his remarks “against” President Buhari.

A few days ago, Tinubu stated that if not for him, Buhari would not have been elected president.

Saturday at the APC headquarters in Abuja, Adamu told reporters, “We may punish him (Tinubu) for his remarks against the president.”

Adamu added that no presidential candidate had been excluded from the party’s presidential primary.

Regarding the topic of convention delegates, Adamu stated, “Well, I am a lawyer, we have filed notice of appeal, and the case is before the court. Statutory delegates are excluded from both this conference and ourselves.”

Mallam Ya’u Darazo, senior special assistant to President Buhari on special tasks, has advised Nigerians, especially members of the APC, to disregard the deliberate attempt by Asiwaju Tinubu’s opponents to misrepresent what he said to party leaders and delegates on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

In a statement he signed in his personal position as a supporter of Tinubu’s presidential ambitions, Darazo highlighted that the misrepresentation of what the leading presidential candidate said was a questionable attempt to sow dissension between him and President Buhari.

“I have some information for them” (mischief makers). They have utterly failed. They should not take Nigerians for granted; Nigerians possess sufficient intelligence. Let mischief-makers know that good and meaningful leadership and mischief are on different pages. It is fortunate that Nigerians are aware of them early on. It is evident that their motivation for attaining leadership is not service-based.”

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