The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress is split over the nomination of Sen. Ahmed Lawan as consensus presidential candidate for the party.
Members of the NWC convened on Tuesday, according to NG Times Online News, in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) direction that a consensus candidate be chosen after deliberation.
A candidate was announced as Buhari’s candidate during the meeting, but members of the NWC booted him out.
Ahmed Lawan was named as the consensus candidate, according to a member of the NWC.
Other members, he claimed, fought back, causing a schism among the NWC members.
In a meeting with Northern governors on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) denied appointing any presidential contender.
Simon Lalong of Plateau State, speaking on behalf of the governors, said the president emphasized that he does not have a consensus candidate at this time.
This comes despite speculations that Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, has been named the APC’s consensus candidate.
“We sat down in the last few days and took a decision and gave an advisory. Part of our conversation leaked out as we were on our way to advise the president.
“As a democracy, Mr. President insisted on listening to us. As a result, he has given us the opportunity today. The purpose of today’s gathering is to reinforce our viewpoint.
“We apologized to him for making the statement on our own.”
“Presidesnt was pleased with our choice.” President believes in a democratic process in which each candidate is chosen in a fair and transparent manner.
“Mr. President made it clear that there is no anointed candidate at this time, and he directed that the Progressive Governors Forum meet with the party’s National Working Committee to reach an agreement.”
On Monday, the Northern Governors of the All Progressives Congress met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
On Saturday, the Northern governors requested that the ruling party zone its presidential ticket to the south.
They also requested that presidential candidates from the north withdraw from the campaign.
A communique issued after Monday’s meeting, read, “After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in the office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.
“It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in any way affected by the decisions taken by another political party.”
Those in attendance include Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Along of Plateau, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Aminu Masari of Katsina, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Yahaya Inuwa of Gombe, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara.