In a latest development from The Guardian Nigeria, Oluwapolycarp gathered that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has through its national secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoehede, made it clear that the party is waiting for the right time to come up with a consensus presidential candidate which would be widely accepted to fly its flag in 2023 elections.
(Photo of APC CECPC Secretary, Sen. John Akpanudoehede. Credit: Tribune Online)
However, this development was made known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja. According to the report, this came following the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allegations that the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari has a plan to extend his tenure beyond 2023. The CECPC secretary had debunked the rumours saying that the party's congresses and the National Convention to decide on who becomes the party flag bearer would begin on July 31.
(Photo of President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Punch)
Arguably, the party remains supreme and would do everything possible to make sure that a suitable candidate succeeds President Buhari after the expiration of his administration. As a matter of fact, the party should not allow an individual or group interest to distract the party. However, the party secretary has confirmed that nothing would distract the APC led administration ahead of 2023.
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Against this background, this article seeks to explain why the mulled consensus candidate of APC could be in favour of these four Southern and Northern region politicians ahead of the presidential election in 2023. In that regard, it could be recalled that the Southern governors had since agreed that the Southern region should produce the next President of Nigeria when President Buhari's tenure expires.
It is arguably true that the Southern region should be given a chance to rule Nigeria, especially the Southeast region that had not produced any Igbo politician in that exalted position of Nigeria's President. Indubitably, the South-South and South West geopolitical zone has had a fair share of the Presidency. Therefore, any of these powerful politicians from the Southeast and Northern region should be considered as a consensus candidate for the APC ticket.
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First, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha: he is a well-known Nigerian politician and philanthropist and politician. It may interest you to know that he is the current Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate. He is also the former Governor of Imo State who in 2015 had contested the position of President under the platform of the ruling APC. Although he did not emerge in the primary election organised by the party, he is expected to contest the upcoming presidential election come 2023.
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Arguably, Okorocha is one of Nigeria's former governors that performed excellently on social, security, education and other areas of Imo's economy.
Second, Dave Umahi: the incumbent governor of Ebonyi State, is one of the Southeast top political gladiators who could be favoured as a consensus candidate of APC in preparation for the upcoming presidential election in Nigeria. It could be recalled that Umahi recently dumped the People's Democratic Party to join the ruling APC. He claimed that he was not comfortable with the opposition PDP structure and its leadership.
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However, since his defection to APC alongside other loyalists, he has established a close relationship with President Buhari and leaders of the ruling APC at the national and regional level.
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Third, Malam Nasir El-Rufai: El-Rufai is the incumbent governor of Kaduna State. It may interest you to know that before he became a governor, he once served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007. He was also the director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. Interestingly, Malam Nasir is a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
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Arguably, he stands a chance of becoming a consensus candidate of APC ahead of the presidential election in 2023.
Four, Yahaya Bello: Here is another powerful politician who is a potential consensus candidate for the APC ticket ahead of the presidential election. It could be recalled that the Kogi State Governor had earlier hinted that some elders wanted him to declare his intention to contest the presidential election. He also said that they had agreed to throw their weight behind him.
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It may interest you to know that Bello is a young politician that could guarantee victory for the party if considered. Arguably, Bello is a loyal party man and has been in the ruling party, APC since 2015 when he won the gubernatorial election as the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu who died before the result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Having said that, it is worth mentioning that the aforementioned powerful politicians are popular and influential in their states, regions and at the federal level of government. They have been in the corridors of power for the past few years and have the wherewithal to lead the country if given the opportunity to represent the party in taking charge of the affairs of Aso Rock villa.
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