There were strong indications yesterday that the All Progressives Congress national officials were divided over a plan by the President Muhammadu to pick his preferred presidential candidate for the party.

Earlier, the APC National Vice Chairman (North-West), Mallam Salihu Lukman, in an open letter to Buhari, warned that picking a successor would be costly and risky for the President and the party.

But two members of the party’s National Working Committee – the Deputy National Secretary, Festus Fuanter, and the National Legal Adviser, Ahmed El-Marzuq, in separate interviews with newsmen disagreed with Lukman.

Also, feelers from a meeting of the APC governors’ meeting last Tuesday night indicated that the governors could not agree on a consensus and the fact that the President should pick the party’s presidential candidate.

It was also learnt that the committee, which screened the party’s presidential aspirants, would submit its report to the National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu today.

Buhari, in an interview with newsmen in January, said he had a favourite candidate, whom he said he would keep to himself.

Last Tuesday, the President, who explained the qualities his successor must possess, sought the backing of the APC governors in picking the APC presidential candidate.

Credit: Punch

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