Northern APC govs reject Lawan as consensus candidate, insist on power shift


By Ismail Auwal

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North have rejected Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.

In a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, the Northern governors insisted that power be transferred to the South by 2023.

Following the meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said the decision was made in the interests of justice and peace in the country.

Lalong, who stated that they would hold another meeting by 5 p.m. today, noted that the president agreed with their position and maintained that the presidential candidate must emerge through a transparent process.

He said President Buhari told them he did not have an anointed candidate for now and directed them to meet the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to agree on the succession plan.

The National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, earlier announced Lawan as the consensus candidate, a decision members of the National Working Committee reportedly disagreed with.

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