APC 2015: Atiku, Kwankwaso, Others Fail To Back Consensus Option

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is in a fix as efforts by elders of the party to push a consensus option through to the presidential aspirants of the party ahead of the 2015 presidential election at a meeting in Abuja failed completely.
Fresh reports emanating from the National Secretariat of APC had indicated that the Chairman of the Party, Chief Odigie Oyegun had summoned a meeting of the stakeholders for the Rivers Lodge in Abuja with a view to getting all the presidential aspirants in the party to pick a consensus candidate.
The meeting, according to top members of the party, started late on Thursday night and dragged till the wee hours of Friday, while none of the presidential aspirants agreed to step down for the other.
The National Chairman of the Party, the National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Goni , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji lai Muhammed, and others were key members of the party in attendance, according to reports.
The meeting, it was learnt, was summoned principally to ratify some of the decisions earlier taken by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of APC on the coming general elections, most especially the modality for conducting the primaries of the party to select candidates for the 2015 elections.
The National officials of APC had some weeks ago indicated that it had settled for modified delegates system for the conduct of its presidential and governorship primaries in which case, candidates would have to prove their popularity and acceptability right from the ward, through to the local government and then at the federal level to emerge as the preferred options.
The meeting was also to discuss issues concerning the proposed mini Convention of APC scheduled to hold within the next two weeks in Abuja.
The turn of events, from indications, may force the elders of the party to eventually settle for direct elections to select candidates for the 2015 elections, notwithstanding that some of them have been rooting for a consensus option.
APC is at the moment polarized along the line of members who preferred the consensus option and those who wanted all the aspirants to file out for primaries, just as interested aspirants have continued to deploy tactics to push their positions to the logical conclusion.
There are reports that party members rooting for General Muhammadu Buhari preferred that the former Head of State be allowed to emerge by consensus, a position stiffly opposed by supporters of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and those of Rabiu Kwankwaso.
APC had scaled the hurdle of internal strife during its last National Convention when it deployed what seemed like a consensus option to select its new national chairman, having persuaded other aspirants to step down in a heated form of horse-trading before the convention.
Some top members of the APC who disagreed with the option resolved to dump the party with members like Nuhu Ribadu, Chief Tom Ikimi and others defecting into the PDP, after the convention.
APC, it was learnt, will come out clearly on the specific step to take on its primaries during its forth coming mini convention.

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  • Mr. Abdin

    The call for consensus candidate among the APC aspirant is not necessary, they should be given a level playing ground for all the contestants to participate in the primaries so that democracy will be at work that is why the likes of Atiku Abubakar believe in a free democratic process for the emergence of any candidate.

  • sir Oscie

    Atiku2015

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