APC Presidential Primary: Fresh Worries Emerge On South-West Chances - Matrixliveng
APC Presidential Primary: Fresh Worries Emerge On South-West Chances
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APC Presidential Primary: Fresh Worries Emerge On South-West Chances

  • Shehu Sani Reveals How Personal Ambition May Scuttle SW Chances
  • SW Should Have Right Of First Refusal On Presidency- Abdulmumin Jibrin

As the ruling All-Progressives Congress (APC) elects its presidential flagbearer between June 6-8, 2022, there are fresh worries over the chances of the South-West clinching the ticket.

The South-West region of the country is currently embroiled in in-fighting following the emergence of numerous aspirants vying for the presidency.

No fewer than six candidates from the South-West are vying for the sole ticket. They are Pastor Tunde Bakare, former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and former Lagos State governor Ahmed Tinubu.

Others are former Speaker, House of Reps Oladimeji Bankole; Ekiti State governor John Kayode Fayemi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

To this effect, a former lawmaker of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has raised an alarm that personal ambitions of politicians from the South-West could jeopardize the chances of the region producing the presidential candidate of the APC for 2023 elections.

Sani also stated that APC put itself in what he described as a moral dilemma over its indecision on the choice of the presidential flag bearer of the party for the 2023 general elections.

Sanni, who spoke on The Morning Show, a political show of Arise TV on Wednesday, stated that the ruling party was responsible for the many candidates from the region, due to its failure to decide early enough on the zoning of its presidency.

He said: “Initially things were fine. Everyone believed that the party was going to zone it to South-West until the sale of forms began, and they said they had not decided. Then people from the North started buying forms.

Sanni noted that it was apparent that many Northern aspirants trooped out to purchase presidential nomination forms because of the division in the South-West.

He said: “Almost everybody in the South-West wants to be the President, and that’s the issue. Whoever it is, there should be a rallying point.

“So, a consensus is more of an intervention to reduce the rancour and acrimony that may come up later by candidates sacrificing their personal ambition for the greater good of the party and the nation.

“Even though the PDP is unable to have a consensus, you can see that an Atiku that has gone around the country and worked hard and has also reached out.

“It was even the Southern governors that made it possible for him to emerge.

“The need of the PDP might be different from that of the APC, the PDP is an opposition party, all they want is for them to win, and whoever would make it possible for them to win is who they would go for. And you must first win before you think of sharing power,” he said.

The former governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP in Kaduna, who lost at primary stated that the APC as a ruling party is in a serious moral dilemma because there would be a backlash, particularly from the South-West, should it give power to a northern candidate.

Earlier, a former member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has revealed a grand plot to deny the South-West a shot at the Presidency comes 2023.

Consequently, he advised members of the All-Progressives Congress, APC in the South-West to close its ranks.

He further disclosed that if not for the in-fighting that those against the region’s interest are taking advantage of, the region should have the right of first refusal for the APC Presidential ticket!

Abdulmumin Jibrin who is the former Director-General of the Bola Tinubu Support Group Council gave the warning while speaking on the back of the division in the south-west regarding the presidential ticket.

“Our southwest APC family, stop these attacks! Where is your political smartness? If not for the fights within you which those against your interest are taking advantage of, southwest should naturally have the right of first refusal for the APC Presidential ticket! Close your ranks” he wrote on Twitter.

Recall that no fewer than six candidates from the South-West are vying for the sole ticket. They are Pastor Tunde Bakare, former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and former Lagos State governor Ahmed Tinubu.

Others are former Speaker, House of Reps Oladimeji Bankole; Ekiti State governor John Kayode Fayemi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

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