The APC National Working Committee Chairman Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, indicated that all efforts to convince the APC presidential aspirants to step down for one of them as the consensus candidate came to nought.
Hence the latest development in which the party has now decided to make them slug it out for the delegates’ votes on 29 May 2022.
Sen.Adamu made this statement yesterday while answering questions from journalists and also indicated that consensus ideas would deprive all other aspirants of their right to a fair contest.
Sen. Adam also said that “You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting election or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right and we are happy for them. There is nothing wrong with anybody aspiring to the exalted seat of the presidency. It is God that decides who gets what, Once God makes up His mind and says this is who He wants that is what we are praying for. “”We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket, If it is God’s wish they all can even be president of the country one after the other.” Ours is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges candidate of the party. That does not mean we are perfect, but we pray we do the right thing.”
Sen. Adamu further added that “We have not produced our candidate for the presidency yet. We have to screen the aspirants to know the way forward. We have aspirants from across the country in the race so we will make the decision when we get there”.
Furthermore, as a ruling party, “We are the government in power today. Despite all the insults, the APC has the advantage far ahead of the other parties. A sign of a powerful man is the one that is full-blooded and big. “Today the APC is the biggest party in Nigeria. Naturally, the APC will attract Nigerians more than any other party. This is where it is happening. Any right-thinking politician would naturally gravitate towards the APC and Of course, we have our problems but today we are the cynosure of all eyes. I am hopeful that God willing, we will retain power at the general elections.”
Although President Muhammadu Buhari had reportedly been in favour of the consensus option, which the National Assembly ostensibly included for him in the Electoral Act 2022 before he could sign it into law, However, all efforts to convince the APC presidential aspirants to step down for one of them as the consensus candidate came to nought, hence this latest development in which the party has now decided to make them slug it out for the delegates’ votes on 29 May 2022.