In a bid to present a united front and possibly arrive at a consensus that will strengthen their position, All-Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants from the South-West region of the country are expected to hold a final meeting in Abuja today (Saturday) to decide on the way forward, Punch has reported.
The seven presidential aspirants from the South-West are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; APC leader, Bola Tinubu; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Ajayi Boroffice; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; and fiery Lagos cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Also expected at the meeting are governors; Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo). Some ministers of South-West extraction are also expected to attend the parley.
The meeting would hold at the Abuja home of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, around 8 pm.
Impeccable sources told Punch that the discussion would border on South-West unity and a possible consensus.
One of the aspirants, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “We will all be meeting at Chief Osoba’s home by 8 pm in Abuja. Everyone is expected to be present. We will all sit together and discuss the need to ensure that the South-West gets the ticket.
“However, all of us will be asked to be truthful with one another and see who among us has the best chance of winning the primary. Then if anyone is willing to step down to boost the chances of the South-West, then this will be encouraged.”
Intense lobbying by some northern governors to ensure that the APC gives its presidential ticket to a northerner had unsettled the South-West bloc of the party.
This was said to have caused Tinubu’s outburst at a meeting with Ogun State delegates on Thursday, where he insisted that the APC must give its ticket to a Yoruba man and that he must be the favoured candidate.
Recall that a similar meeting was held last month at the Lagos Flag House, Marina, Lagos.