President Buhari seeks state governors’ support on successor

president buhari seeks state governors' support on successor
president buhari seeks state governors’ support on successor

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Tuesday requested state governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party to endorse his selection of a candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

Nigerians will go to the polls to elect a new president, as Buhari steps aside after eight years of managing Africa’s most populous nation.

The APC party has scheduled an extraordinary convention for June 6-8 to select a presidential candidate. If the president gets his way and the governors, who exert power over voting delegates, rally behind his nominee, the other candidates would be forced to quit and a vote would be avoided.

Twenty-three candidates, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Bola Tinubu, a strong former governor of Lagos state, as well as a number of governors, have registered to run.

In a speech to state governors, Buhari stated that the APC had devised measures to facilitate a seamless transition of power at all levels of government, including granting governors the right to choose their successors.

“In accordance with the established internal norms of the party… I desire to ask the reciprocity and support of the governors and other stakeholders in selecting my successor, who would carry the party’s flag for election to the presidency,” Buhari stated.

It may be difficult to get governors to coalesce behind a single candidate, as several may choose to compete in the primary. Buhari is also susceptible to attacks from Osinbajo and Tinubu, who have worked to win over delegates.

You May Also Like