APC NWC, Buhari Reject Lawan As Consensus Candidate

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Certain members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and President Muhammadu Buhari have said they did not select Senate President, Ahmed Lawal as the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Stonix News reports that chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had, on Monday, announced Lawan as consensus presidential candidate.

Some national officers, who spoke with newsmen, said the adoption of Senate President as Consensus candidate was never discussed at the meeting of the NWC.

National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Mohammed Argungu, who addressed newsmen, said the position taken by the APC National Chairman was contrary to the weekend’s resolution of Northern Governors who strongly recommended that power should shift to the South.

Argungu was flanked by Isaac Kekemeke and Victor Giadom, national vice Chairman, South West and South south, respectively.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday afternoon, cleared all doubts about where he stands on the choice of a presidential candidate for the APC.

According to him, he had earlier declared “before the party’s 14 governors of northern states that he has “no preferred candidate,” and has “anointed no one,” and is determined to ensure that “there shall be no imposition of any candidate on the party.”

This was reiterated in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu.

He said while peaking at a meeting with the Governors at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari had said that the party was important and its members must be respected, and made to feel they were important.

The President said he had a clear mind about what he was doing and asked the APC governors to feel the same way:

“You were elected as I was. Have a clear mind as I have. God gave us the chance; we have no reason to complain.

“We must be ready to take pain as we take the joy. Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody,” he quoted Buhari as having said.

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