Buhari Again Pushes For APC Consensus Presidential Candidate, Boasts Of Victory In 2023 Election


President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night again stressed the need for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to come up with a consensus presidential candidate for the party.

Buhari expressed the view during a meeting of the APC’s National Advisory Council (NAC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, The Nation reports.



The President 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 election would emerge from the convention. Our citizens do not expect less from us.”

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

 

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

 

At the meeting were former Internal Affairs Minister Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Magoro; pioneer Chairman and former Osun State governor, Chief Bisi Akande and former Senate President Ken Nnamani.

 

Buhari promised to lead the transition processes and ongoing consultations till the ruling party successfully chooses its “candidate for the 2023 presidential election” and records its “third straight victory, thereafter, by God’s grace”.

“We are on the way towards winning our third straight victory since 2015,” he said.

 

The party’s convention which starts today (Monday), will climax on Tuesday with the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate.

 

According to a statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President explained that the meeting was convened to provide leadership and direction during the transition period, adding that the motive was “to strengthen our unity and to focus on building upon our electoral fortunes.”

 

The statement quoted the President as saying: “I am optimistic that the outcome of this consultation with the National Advisory Council will in addition to sharpening our focus, help to fortify the positive democratic principles, practices and culture that already exists within the party system.

 

“In the course of these consultative processes, I have already met separately with the progressive governors and with all our eminent members who are aspiring to become the presidential flag bearer for our party during the 2023 elections.

 

“I am pleased to inform you that those meetings have been fruitful and indicative of a party that is prepared and marching towards a third straight victory since 2015, at the presidential polls.

 

“I underscored the important roles consensus building and consultations have played in the survival of successful political parties around the world. Our party should not be an exception.

 

“Recognising the foregoing, therefore, I also emphasized the need to strengthen our unity, stabilize our internal cohesion and system as well as present a formidable presidential candidate who has the ability to build a unified nation and the capacity to deal with our challenges.

 

“The party machinery has also screened all our aspirants to the office of the president and found that they consist of eminent personalities, rich in experience, capacity and commitment to service and accomplishment in life. This gives us a lot of confidence but it also comes with its challenges.”

 

The NAC members thanked the President for the consultative meetings and other roles he had played.



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