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General News of Wednesday, 1 June 2022


Buhari begs APC govs to support his choice of successor

President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governors President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governors

Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were left in shock after President Muhammadu Buhari told them to him make a choice for his successor.

This follows a meeting the president had with the governors ahead of the presidential primaries scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8. Buhari flew out to Spain immediately after the meeting to return on Friday, June 3.

Credible sources that spoke to Daily Trust said prior to the meeting that they expected the president to allow them make their choice on who becomes the next leader only to the caught unawares by his request.

Some sources also said the president is bowing to pressure from powerful sources around him who want to remain relevant in the next administration.

One source privy to details of the meeting however said the president’s silence about who his choice was disappointed those who orchestrated the meeting who had envisaged the president’s clear endorsement, Daily Trust said.

“With his speech, the president took many stakeholders by surprise,” one of the sources said.

“Even though the president is keen on leaving behind a legacy of success stories at the end of his tenure in 2023 for the future generation to see, he was not particularly interested in circumventing democratic norms or having a direct influence on who succeeds him in order to cover any wrongdoing.

“It is some people around him and an entrenched so-called establishment who would like to be direct beneficiaries of anointing someone that are working hard to see that the president raise the hands of someone,” he said.

The governors of the APC were led into the meeting by Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, who is the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).

“In keeping with the established internal policies of the party and as we approach the convention in a few days, therefore, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party for election into the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023,” he said.

National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and all the APC governors with exception of Kaduna who was represented by his deputy, Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, attended the meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

It was learnt that the governors later met at Adamu’s house at the Three Arms Zone where they continued with deliberations on the way forward in the aftermath of what the president said.

According to Daily Trust, this will be the first time the president would be seeking the backing of the governors in picking his successor whose identity he refused to disclose despite speaking about the qualities the person must possess.

Early this year, Buhari said any attempt to reveal the identity of his preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election might put the person’s life at risk of elimination.

The president had also in the past said the next president should be someone with a strong backing of his local base.

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