Former Governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed why Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the consensus candidate for the National Chairmanship position of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
DAILY POST reports that he emerged through a consensus arrangement after other aspirants withdrew from the race.
Also elected through consensus is Emma Enukwu from Enugu State as the Deputy National Chairman, South.
The consensus candidates were confirmed through a voice vote at the national convention of the party.
And Amaechi, in an interview with Channels Television, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari consulted widely among governors, founding members of the party and other stakeholders before the choice of Adamu was made.
He said despite the fact that all the aspirants were qualified and were eager to lead the party, Buhari chose the person who can manage the party, for now, adding that Adamu was first among equals.
Asked why he rooted for Adamu, Amaechi said he never supported the former Nasarawa governor but only supported a consensus candidate backed by the President and other stakeholders.
“You’re wrong,” he said when asked the reason for his support for Adamu “I’m a supporter of the consensus, so when they reach the consensus I’m a supporter of the consensus, not Abdullahi Adamu.
“One mistake everybody is making is that just because for a very long time nobody has heard my voice and just that nobody saw me in front of any candidate, they just reach conclusions.
“Nobody can say today they saw me in front of Akume, Almakura or Abdullahi Adamu. I was just calm and quiet to allow the party vote for who they want.
“I’m supporting the consensus candidate that emerged through the President, Governors and the other stakeholders. I’m supporting the consensus candidate and so if Abdullahi Adamu is the consensus candidate, all of us that were consulted are supporting the consensus candidate.
“He will be a good leader. You see, all of them are qualified to lead the party. Almakura was a governor, Akume was a wonderful governor in Benue and my friend Mustapha is young, vibrant and eager to rule.
“My friend Musa, a Senator, is qualified. You can’t be in the Senate if you’re not qualified. All of them are qualified but one person will emerge. It is what we call ‘first among equals’ in parliament.
“So what Abdullahi Adamu is doing is representing everybody in the party as first among equal. Consultations? The President consulted everybody. He consulted the governors, the stakeholders,
“We had dinner with the President. I’m sure you saw the photographs of the President with the founding members. So it was a question of ‘okay, we think all of them are qualified but we think this person can manage the party for now’. It was a matter of choice.”