APC convention: Buhari invites chairmanship aspirants

APC convention: Buhari invites chairmanship aspirants

To ensure a rancour-free convention, President Muhammadu Buhari will meet with the seven chairmanship aspirants today. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Saturday, hold its convention at Eagles Square, Abuja.

Contrary to the push for a consensus candidate by the President, seven aspirants are in the race to lead the party.

President Buhari is believed to be rooting for Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former Nasarawa State governor as party chairman.

However, the APC Senate Caucus’ declined to endorse Adamu.

Besides, it was learnt leaders of the legacy parties that formed APC also refused to back Adamu.

As part of its convention plan, Caretaker Chairman Mai Mala Buni is expected to brief the APC senators today.

A source said last night that the President may use today’s meeting with chairmanship aspirants either to restate his consensus position or allow an open race for the highest office.

There were speculations that the President may have backed out of his support for Adamu because the legacy parties would not support him.

Besides Adamu, who was pioneer chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), other aspirants are ex-Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State); Malam Saliu Mustapha; Sen. Sani Mohammed Musa and Mohammed Etsu (Niger State); ex-Governor George Akume (Benue) and a former chairman of the NGF Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).

Yari, Mustapha, Al-Makura and Musa met yesterday in Abuja. But details of their discussions were unknown.

A source said: “Worried by the bickering over APC chairmanship, the President has invited aspirants to a meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa.

“I think the session might address how to have a rancour-free convention. The President may also sell his consensus agenda to the aspirants if they will accept.

“The aspirants have refused to step down for each other, leading to cracks among APC governors and leaders.

“In the case of Nasarawa and Niger states, there are four aspirants leading to deep-seated political crises in the two states.”

Also, there is pressure on the President not to anoint any aspirant. The legacy parties, which formed APC, were said to be opposed to the alleged preference for Adamu as the next APC national chairman.

“There are strong feelers that the President may back out of the Adamu project in view of the preponderance of opposition against him.


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