Six other aspirants for the office of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC have agreed to step down for Abdullahi Adamu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the job after meetings and negotiations by governors and other leaders of the party, Newswatchplus has learnt.
Newswatchplus gathered from a reliable source that the meeting was held from Friday night till the early hours of this morning and the aspirants finally agreed to support Senator Abdullahi Adamu who is Buhari’s choice for the the top job.
Apart from Adamu, the other six aspirants for the position of national chairman are former governor of Zamfara, Abdaziz Yari, ex- Benue State governor, Goerge Akume, ex-Nasarawa governor Tanko Al-Makura, ex-Kwara politician Saliu Mustapha, Nasarawa senator Sani Musa, and Muhammed Etsu.
Newswatchplus reported how the other aspirants initially refused to step down, insisting on taking part in the election at Eagle Square, Abuja.
However, that changed overnight with the meeting.
Prior to the convention, President Buhari met with the aspirants and reaffirmed his decision to support Mr Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa State.
In order to calm frayed nerves and provide soft landing for his consensus candidate ahead of the convention, Buhari ordered APC governors to refund money to any of the aspirants willing to step down for his candidate.
The source, a member of the media/publicity committee of the convention who doesn’t want her name to be mentioned, said “the aspirants were initially stubborn about conceding to Adamu, Buhari’s candidate. But they had a rethink and changed their minds when they were reminded about their future. Most of them could be interested in running for other political offices in the future and would need the president’s endorsement.”