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Buhari didn’t ask govs to pick consensus presidential candidate – Femi Adesina

Buhari didn’t ask govs to pick consensus presidential candidate – Femi Adesina (Updated: 4 weeks ago)


Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina has stated that his principal never asked members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum to pick a consensus presidential candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

 

Claims of President Buhari opting for a consensus candidate were set-off by the President's speech during a recent meeting. 

 

Buhari had said during the meeting; 

 

“The party has successfully established internal policies that promote continuity and smooth succession plans even at the state and local government levels.

“For example, first-term governors who have served credibly well have been encouraged to stand for re-election. Similarly, second-term governors have been accorded the privilege of promoting successors that are capable of driving their visions as well as the ideals of the party.

“In keeping with the established internal policies of the party and as we approach the convention in a few days, therefore, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party for election into the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023,”

 

However in a piece titled, ‘Visit to Spain: Let’s Buga for Mr President’, Adesina said Buhari only met with the governors and gave them his “expectation” for the forthcoming presidential primary of the party.

 

He also averred that Buhari never discussed issues bordering on zoning, consensus, or imposition of candidates during his conversation with the governors.

 

It read; 

 

“No word about zoning, consensus, or imposition of candidate. He just charged them to let their plans converge, so that the party would put its best foot forward. Shortly after the meeting, we headed for the airport.

“A short time into the about five hours flight, I went on social media, to see that all hell had broken loose. Trust some Nigerians. When there’s no controversy, they simply create one. They will die of boredom if they don’t have something to wail or ululate about.

“What were they bellyaching on? Oh, he used the words ‘my successor,’ instead of ‘APC candidate.’ That means he wants to rig the election. Otiose.

“Oh, he talked about Governors who performed well being given opportunity to get a second term, for continuity. That means he wants to impose someone from within the government to succeed him. Consensus is what he wants. Puerile.

“Is consensus not one of the acceptable ways of choosing candidates, according to the Electoral Act? So the party can jolly well decide on the method it wants.

“Oh, he didn’t talk about zoning. APC wants to give its ticket to the North. Really? Did you see anything like that in the speech?

“I tell you. When some Nigerians don’t see what they expect in a speech or statement, they simply conjure and create their own. And the wailing starts.”

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