2023 Election: S’West determined to produce next president

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and presidential aspirants from the southwest zone resolved last night to ensure that they produce the next president of Nigeria, come 2023.

The leaders affirmed the right of every one of the contenders to pursue his ambition but advised the gladiators to eschew acrimony and abuse in the build-up to this month’s primaries.

Yesterday’s meeting of APC southwest leaders was convened by former Osun State Governor Bisi Akande and his Ogun counterpart Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

They aimed to douse the anxiety generated by the growing number of aspirants from the same political family and background.

In attendance were APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, all of whom have purchased their expression of interest and nomination forms for the presidential primaries.

A source close to the conveners said the meeting was successful.

He said: “They (aspirants) freely expressed themselves. They spoke their minds. It was agreed that they were free to pursue their ambitions. But the leaders emphasized the commitment to the emergence of the next APC presidential candidate from the Southwest.

“It was also agreed that the aspirants should meet regularly to review events and situations. Contrary to feelings in some places, the meeting was not convened to make aspirants withdraw from the race.”

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