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Opinion: 5 prominent politicians from the South the APC might consider as a consensus candidate

1.     Governor Dave Umahi.

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Immediately after the Ebonyi state Governor decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC last year, speculations began to mount that the reason for his defection was to clinch the presidential ticket of the APC. Recall that the Governor while giving reasons for his defection blamed the injustice done to the southeast by the PDP. He said, despite the support the southeast has been giving to the PDP since 1999, they have never considered zoning the presidency to their region. I believe if the APC decides to settle for an Igbo president in 2023, Governor Dave Umahi will top the list among Igbo politicians that the will be considered as a consensus candidate.

2.     Senator Rochas Okorocha.

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The former Imo state governor has not hidden his intention to be the President of Nigeria. He has in the past contested but failed to clinch the presidential ticket of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Towards the end of his tenure as governor in 2019, Okorocha said he would have loved to contest for president again, but since President Muhammadu Buhari would be going for another term, he would be backing down for the president.

3.     Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

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The intentions of the vice president about 2023 is still unclear. However, that does rule him out as one of the candidates that would be in contention to be the APC's consensus candidate. Prof Osinbajo has proven his commitment to the APC and the president with his his loyalty even in the face of strong criticisms.

4.     Rotimi Amaechi.

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The former Governor of Rivers state and current minister of transport will be a leading the line among candidates from the South-South that the APC will consider as a consensus candidate. Amaechi is believed to have a very close relationship with the president, a factor which may work in his favour if the APC decides to pick its consensus candidate from the South-South.

5.     Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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For obvious reasons, Tinubu should be topping the list of candidates the APC might be considering as a consensus candidate. His contributions to the party’s victorious outcome in the 2015 and 2019 elections puts him a step higher than other candidates. His strong influence in the Southwest and also the strong relationship he has with some key Northern governors is another big advantage he has.

Who among these men would you pick to be the consensus candidate of the APC?

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