APC Bars Bola Tinubu from Being 2023 Party Candidate

The APC has taken steps to prevent Bola Tinubu from running for president in 2023.

According to NG Times Online News, the All Progressives Congress’s plan to use the consensus process in selecting officials and candidates for the upcoming 2023 elections may have been prompted by the failure to demolish Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s structures, according to party sources.

According to insiders, Tinubu has built dominance among presidential aspirants, putting him in a great position to run in a free and fair election. According to sources, the primary impediment to him is his health, which is beyond men’s control.

The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, made the proposal on the use of consensus as a way of fencing off what he described as moles from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, according to a report monitored by NG Times Online News.

Pro-Tinubu forces have openly rejected the proposal, particularly in Ekiti, where Senator Tola Adeniyi, chairman of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu 2023 (SWAGA), spoke out against it last Thursday.

According to other party insiders, the idea for consensus in selecting party officials and candidates stems from the recognition by those opposed to former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu that he (Tinubu) cannot be easily defeated in a free and fair election.

Tinubu, according to reports, has made tremendous strides into the Northwest and Northeast areas, where he has a large delegate count. According to sources, the Tinubu campaign is particularly strong in Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, and Borno, all of which are known to be delegate-rich states.

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As a party source said, “The constitution of the APC provides that serving and former members of the National Assembly are statutory delegates and this means that all former lawmakers from 1999 are automatic delegates.”

“You can see that Tinubu is very strong in Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Borno and these are states that have a rich base of delegates for the convention and most of them are aligned towards Tinubu,” the party source revealed.

This is in addition to the Southwest states, which have largely been in the hands of the opposition, with previous legislators largely aligned with Tinubu’s ambitions.

The Tinubu campaign is also doing well in the South-South, particularly in the states of Akwa Ibom and Delta.

In Akwa Ibom, however, he faces a formidable opponent in Akpanudoedehe, the CECPC secretary who was famously known to belong to his side until recently. Tinubu is alleged to have galvanized an alternative organization in the absence of Akpanudoedehe, with an emphasis on reaping from the state with the most Local Government Areas in the South-South.

A leading party chieftain in Delta State spoke in the same direction on Friday, saying “Delta no dey carry last, so we are for now looking towards him.”

However, it was learned that the adoption of the consensus process might see Tinubu pushed aside by powerful interests around the presidency trying to thwart him by influencing the selection of party leaders and delegates who would be automatic delegates at the national convention.

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