Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, has said on Tuesday, June 7, that five (5) aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been recommended, out of which one will eventually emerge, all things been equal, as the consensus candidate and flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming 2023 presidential race.
The recommended candidates according to Gov. Lalong are: Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transportation Minister, Rotimi Ameachi, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
However, contrary to the agreement reached by the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) to concede power to the south, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, who has spent a good amount of money on publicity, has clearly frowned at the idea with the argument that President Buhari never said that presidency would go to the South in 2023.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has also distanced himself from the selection of the party’s consensus candidate saying, he has “no preferred candidate, no anointed one,” and that he is determined to ensure that “there shall be no imposition of any candidate on the party.”
While Nigerians await the outcome of APC presidential primary election, sources said it is likely the party drop the idea of a consensus candidate to embrace delegates voting to choose the flag bearer of the party in the 2023 presidential election.