…..Presidential aspirants Shower Resentment on Concensus , Party expects 2,340 Delegates
Expectations full of suspense surround the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as the party strives to choose the Flagbearer ahead the 2023 presidential election.
The ruling party it was learnt is still deliberating on the panel to be in charge of screening the aspirants and the time for the exercise.
The amendment of Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act transmitted to President Muhamnadu Buhari by the National Assembly on May 13 has not yet been approved .
This stipulates that elected officials of the party at all levels will not be part of the presidential primaries .
The development is causing a roar in the party as the 23 aspirants in the race are propelled to intensify efforts in meeting up on electoral success to become the presidential candidate at the May 29-30 contest in Abuja,as the ruling party expects only 2,340 delegates.
The demand of the party oligarchs to produce concensus is meeting the brick wall as the conduct and modality of the presidential screening which has been postponed twice face resentment.
It was gathered that the meeting held yesterday by the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu with President Buhari was based on preparations for the presidential primaries, and approval of the list of members of the screening committee among others.
The presidential aspirants were reportedly not agreeing to concensus.
The president, who will jet out to Equatorial Guinea for the African Union, AU, meeting today, is expected to meet other party stakeholders including the National Assembly Caucus, to hammer out a template that will lead to rancour-free and credible presidential primaries. Sources said the consensus option is very high on the cards.
The APC Special Convention for Presidential Primaries is to hold from Sunday, May 29 – to Monday, May 30.