Reports coming in the early hours of Tuesday indicate that critical stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC may have shortlisted five of the party’s presidential aspirants for consideration by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On Monday night, Governors of the party had engaged in a series of horse-trading, separately holding meetings along with their regional composition and also separately meeting the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and then other members of the National Working Committee NWC.
In the reports making rounds, some of the names said to have been shortlisted for the President’s input, all from the South, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr Olukayode Fayemi, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
The governors had earlier rejected the decision of the party chairman to impose Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate for the party.
The move was, however, firmly resisted by other members of the NWC as well as the state governors, the Tinubu Campaign Organization and several other stakeholders.
Although the president has insisted that he has no preferred candidate, it was not clear if he would now choose from the given names submitted to him.
Loconaija gathered that Mr Osinbajo had come under subtle pressure on Monday night to step down for his estranged political godfather, Asiwaju Tinubu.
Party sources say some of the aspirants are still likely to withdraw from the race after intense negotiations with stakeholders before the actual commencement of delegates voting on Tuesday night.
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