The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (back), late Saturday, called on the All Progressives Congress presidential candidates to consult with each other and nominate a candidate ahead of the party’s general presidential election on Monday, June 6, 2022.
“Without discriminating against you, I urge all of you to consult with each other and the party, with the aim of building consensus in a way that will help the party reduce the number of candidates, increase the number of candidates in the by-elections. reduce the concerns of party members, ”he said.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser to Public Affairs and Public Affairs, Femi Adesina, Buhari spoke during a meeting with all APC presidential candidates at State House, Abuja.
The statement was entitled ‘President Buhari for aspiring APC presidents: consult, build consensus, and come up with an awesome person.’
According to Adesina, the President said the meeting is the second in a series of consultations with party stakeholders to ensure that the unity and cohesion of the party is maintained and provides direction.
Recalling stakeholder and stakeholder consultations “that would help our party’s electoral fortunes, start with the State Administration. This is the second time in the series and I am still looking forward to meeting the team members. These steps are taken to ensure that the unity and cohesion of the group is maintained and to provide direction.
Commenting on the future presidential foundation that will give birth to the one person who will raise the party’s flag in next year’s presidential election, Buhari said he was aware of concerns among party members about the outcome of the process.
“In light of these circumstances,” he said, “I urge you to realize the importance of the stability and unity of the party, which cannot be overemphasized.
“Likewise, I would like to remind you that our choice of flag bearer must be strong, attractive to all voters and must govern that unifying force and power to address our critical challenges.
“Prior to the Conference, the party equipment was inspected and found that all job seekers are highly qualified. Recognizing this fact, the Audit Committee has, among other things, recommended that the building of consensus-building consensus be strengthened.
“Without discriminating against you, I urge all of you to consult with each other and the party, with the aim of building consensus in a way that will help the party reduce the number of candidates, increase the number of candidates in the by-elections. reduce the anxiety of party members. ”
The President assured the delegates that in the interest of the nation and the party, he will continue to provide effective leadership during the transition and ongoing negotiations, “until we win the election with the person who will fly the flag of our party. in the presidential election and making the party stronger. I ask for your support on this very important project. ”
Earlier, the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, promised that all parties to the party would reach an agreement.
Responding to the candidates, the former Abia Regional Governor and Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa Province, and the Deputy President, Yemi Osinbajo, thanked the President for his leadership and guidance and committed themselves. that they would hold the consultation as advised “because of the unity and strength of our party, the APC.”
Attendees included Former Lagos Regional Governor Bola Tinubu, Former Samfara District Governor Ahmad Yarima, Former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha, Former Ogun District Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Abab Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Fayemi Kayode (Ekiti), Ben Ayade (Cross River), former Niger Delta Affairs Minister Goodwill Akpabio, former Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Former Minister of National Education. , Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Jack-Rich amongst others.
Others include APC Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, party secretary, Senator Iliola Omisore, Secretary General of the Organization, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari