The ruling All Progressives Congress has disclosed that it is working towards producing a 2023 presidential candidate that will be acceptable to all.
The party stated further that it would not impose any candidate on the members.
The APC made this known in a statement by the Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe in which it reacted to anxieties among members on the news that the party is planning a consensus presidential candidate.
The reaction follows earlier claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari had a “self succession plan.”
But while debunking alleged plans for Buhari’s alleged self succession, the party also allayed fears that members will not be able to express their opinions if a 2023 consensus presidential candidate would emerge.
Akpanudoedehe in a statement yesterday said the party’s presidential, governorship and other candidates for the 2023 polls would emerge in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
“In adherence with internal democracy, when the time comes to elect the APC 2023 presidential flagbearer and other party candidates, the process will be in full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended), the APC Constitution and the approved party guidelines for the nomination of candidates.
“For clarity, the APC constitution provides that party candidates in all elections emerge through democratically conducted primary elections or where possible, consensus.
“The misleading interpretations given the earlier statement, particularly conspiracies aimed at senior party leaders and their perceived presidential ambitions are unnecessary and misplaced.
“The APC leadership will not impose any candidates in the leadup to Congresses, National Convention, and the 2023 General Elections,” the party said.
Meanwhile, suspected bandits have killed seven vigilantes and kidnapped thirteen persons during an attack on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the bandits invaded the community around 2:30am and raided the town for about 4 hours, ending in the early hours of Friday morning.
The bandits were said to have fired several shots in the air and then went into some houses and abducted 13 people, including women.