Consensus Candidate Is Illegal, I’ll Fight It – Tinubu
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Consensus candidate is illegal, I’ll fight it – Tinubu

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Consensus candidate is illegal, I’ll fight it – Tinubu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that he will fight consensus candidate.

Tinubu noted that he has been inundated with the attempted imposition of Ahmad Lawan by the national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu.



In a statement by Babatunde Ogala, Director; Legal Directorate Tinubu Campaign Organization, he noted that the Electoral Act is clear on consensus.

“The media is inundated with reports that the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has unilaterally announced the purported adoption of a certain candidate as the consensus presidential candidate of the APC for the forth coming presidential election in 2023,” Tinubu said.

“(9) A political party that adopts a consensus candidate shall secure the written consent of all cleared aspirant for the position, indicating their voluntary withdrawal from the race and their endorsement of the consensus candidate”.

(10) Where a political party is unable to secure a written consent of all cleared aspirants for the purpose of a consensus candidate, it shall revert to the choice of direct or indirect primaries for the nomination of candidates for the aforesaid elective position.

(11) A special convention or nomination congress shall be held to ratify the choice of consensus candidates at designated centers at the National, State, Senatorial, Federal and State Constituencies, as the case may be”.
Instructively, none of the above conditions have occurred in respect of producing the presidential candidate of the APC. Therefore, any declaration of a consensus candidate would be premature and a violation of extant provisions of the law. We are confident that as a law-abiding entity, the APC will not be part of such.

We are further persuaded to urge our supporters to disregard this report considering that the overwhelming majority of the APC Northern Governors who, after meeting with the President, re-affirmed their preference for a president from the Southern part of Nigeria. This patriotic decision is widely accepted by all Nigerians as a demonstration of deep understanding of the nuanced fault lines of our nation.

In the circumstance, a unilateral declaration by the National Chairman of a consensus presidential candidate for the party will not only violate the law, but set the party on collision cause with its Governors who are critical stakeholders in the party.

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