With barely 24 hours to the National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, it is alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent meetings with critical stakeholders of the party on the need to have a united front at the convention, is designed to boost the aspiration of his preferred candidate.
President Buhari held meetings with the state governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC; the party national chairmanship aspirants and the party members in the National Assembly respectively, wherein he emphasized the need for members to go into the convention with a united front.
He further urged members of the party to channel their energies into improving the fortunes of the party in the forthcoming elections and avoid squabbling that can easily distract and create disharmony.
He reminded them that a zoning template was produced and adopted by the party after wide consultations in order to ensure that the leadership was reflective of the diversity in unity and representing various dynamic interests.
The development is a boost for the aspiration of former Nasarawa State governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, whom the President reportedly endorsed for the exalted position of Chairman of the party during his meeting with the governors elected on the platform of the party.
While speaking with newsmen after the meeting, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawal, noted that the essence of the President’s engagements is for the party to achieve consensus and that consensus is a process.
He opined that lot of consensus might be reached and it might be sort of document that we call or refer to as “Unity List”, which is bringing all the agreed positions where consensus have been achieved in the various sections or geopolitical zones of the country.
House of Representative Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on his part said that the whole idea is to have a peaceful, rancour-free and successful convention.
Followers of Senator Adamu described him as a detribalized Nigerian and it is expected that if elected national chairman of the party, he would unify, stabilize and reposition the party for electoral victories.