The Northern All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have rejected Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of the party, was believed to have announced Lawan as the consensus candidate, a decision with which members of the National Working Committee allegedly disagreed.
In a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, the Northern governors emphasised that the country’s power should rotate to the South in 2023.
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.
Lalong indicated that they would hold another discussion among themselves by 5 p.m. today and that the president agreed with their position that the presidential candidate must emerge through a transparent process.
According to him, President Buhari informed them that he does not currently have a designated successor and asked them to meet with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to determine the succession plan.
Regarding the absence of the Governor of Kogi State at the meeting when the decision to transfer power was made, he stated that his colleague was not a signatory to the agreement because his signature was not on the document.
In his remark, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai stated that the Kogi State Governor has the democratic right to justify himself.