Barely three days to the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the National Chairman of the party, Sen Abdullahi Adamu has said that picking a consensus candidate for the presidential election will not be feasible.
Adamu who stated this on Wednesday in a media chat with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service in Abuja said that the presidential primary was completely different from a chairmanship election which saw him emerge as a consensus candidate in the March 26, 2022 convention.
According to Independent Newspaper reports, The former Governor of Nasarawa State, noted that the APC national leadership will follow laid down guidelines in deciding the party’s presidential candidate from the 28 presidential aspirants.
Adamu said, party members have the right to aspire for the presidential ticket, but only God would determine the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
Speaking, he said, “You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting elections or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right and we are happy for them. There is nothing wrong with anybody aspiring for the exalted seat of the presidency.
On plans by the party to force a consensus, he said, “There is no truth in what you said. The reason is that the chairmanship seat is not the same as that of the tussle for the Presidency of the country. You can’t even compare the two of them. That question does not arise.
“However the party has laid down its rules and regulations for the aspirants. We would scrutinise all of them based on our guidelines to be sure we pick the right candidate for the party.”
“Once God makes up his mind and says this is who He wants, that is what we are praying for. We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket.
“If it is God’s wish, they all can even be president of the country one after the other. Ours is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges as the candidate of the party. That does not mean we are perfect. But we pray we do the right thing.”
Adamu also said there was no evidence that aspirants were lobbying delegates with money, adding that he has since discovered that it was the delegates who have been hawking their conscience to the highest bidders.
According to him, there was no known law in the country stopping aspirants running for various political offices from taking their campaign to delegates across the country.
“For now, there is no law against aspirants taking the campaign to delegates. I don’t have evidence that aspirants are sharing money with delegates. For me, it’s the delegates that are selling their conscience which is not proper.
“Our delegates should know that anybody sharing money with them can’t be the right candidate for the party. He doesn’t mean well to the country. I don’t have the solution for the problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, security agents and members of the APC have held meetings ahead of the state governorship primaries of the party scheduled for Thursday.
The meetings which were held across various states were to map out strategies to prevent violence at the primaries.