Presidency 2023: Northern APC governors endorse Tinubu, Amaechi, Fayemi, Umahi, Osinbajo
Northern Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have after a series of negotiations, endorsed five presidential aspirants of the party for consideration for a possible consensus candidate for the 2023 general elections. The aspirants, according to the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, include Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.
Governor Lalong speakingon Channels Television on Tuesday disclosed that the APC is still considering the possibility of adopting a consensus candidate at the national convention for the 2023 presidential election.
The northern governors in their consultations excluded presidential aspirants from the North in their considerations, insisting on a power shift to the South.
Lalong had highlighted: “From our own recommendations, as of this morning, we recommended five people. In alphabetical order, we said Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, John Kayode Fayemi, David Umahi and Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Those are the ones we made recommendations and we said we should put them forward.
“Consensus is possible. Right from yesterday up till today, we have been doing consultations like Mr. President said, ‘I give you the opportunity, work on it.
“The governors and the National Working Committee will continue on that consensus. As of yesterday, we were able to even reduce, make recommendations of about five persons, from 23 to recommendations of about 13 aspirants without disqualifying anybody.
“Within that 13 aspirants that were graded by the Screening Committee, we now looked at it and then recommended, that was jointly done by the Progressive governors and members of the National Working Committee, reducing it to five.”