The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is set to hold its primary between May 29 and May 30, 2022 going by the rescheduled time table the party released.
In view of the above, the contenders for the presidential ticket have been mobilizing for support ahead of the battle for the ticket. Some of them include: former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and others.
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However, there are some strong reasons why the APC’s presidential candidate may emerge through consensus arrangement. This article will discuss these reasons in detail.
First, President Muhammadu Buhari has a preferred candidate. Buhari said this by himself months ago but he also said that he would not reveal the person for security reasons. Since the President who understandably should be interested in who succeeds him has a candidate, to make the person to get the ticket, consensus arrangement is the best way to go. In fact, according to a report by Daily Post, one of the Presidential Spokesmen, Femi Adesina recently confirmed that Buhari has a preferred candidate but he would not reveal the person yet.
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Again, the consensus arrangement worked for the party before. The APC used consensus during its last national convention. It worked well as most of the officers emerged unopposed. Although, there were those that were not happy but the move worked well. Interestingly, Buhari’s candidate, Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged the APC National Chairman as others stepped down for him.
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Finally, the APC got assurance from the aspirants that they would accept who the party presents as the presidential candidate. According to a report by Sahara Reporters, there is a section in the APC nomination and expression of interest forms where aspirants were made to agree that they would accept the candidate the party presents.
In addition to this, the electoral law allows three means for choosing candidates. They include: direct primary, indirect primary and consensus. This means that if the APC goes ahead with the consensus arrangement, it violates no law.