APC Primary: Buhari insists on consensus candidate

President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed his campaign for a consensus presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He affirmed confidence that the ruling party would retain the presidential seat next year.

Speaking during a meeting of the APC’s National Advisory Council (NAC) at the Villa, he said: ”My charge and appeal to all of you, therefore, is to reach out to your various spheres of influence to actively promote the spirit of consultation and consensus-building so that a formidable candidate for the 2023 Presidential elections would emerge from the convention. Our citizens do not expect less from us.”

The President first hinted at the consensus idea during a meeting with APC governors.

He said in the circumstances, to prevent any post-convention acrimony and also reduce noticeable anxiety among members on the possible outcome of the process, the party leadership has recommended the intensification of consultation and consensus-building to reduce the number of aspirants at the convention.

Admitting that the party leaders have diverse interests, spheres of influence and expectations, he said: “You similarly possess the collective ability to ensure our victory at the 2023 polls by strengthening the stability and unity of the party.

The party’s convention which starts today, will climax tomorrow with the emergence of the presidential candidate.



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