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BREAKING: President Buhari reacts to report claiming Ahmed Lawan is APC consensus candidate

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President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from a report claiming Senate president Ahmed Lawan has been named as the consensus presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Vanguard, the president during a meeting with some APC governors from the northern part of the country on Monday, June 6, said the party was yet to settle for a candidate.

Buhari advocated for a candidate with popular appeal to emerge as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.

The statement from the president followed a report in a section of the media that APC’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu had named Lawan as the party’s flag bearer.

This was confirmed by Northern governors elected under the All the Progressives Congress.

Briefing journalists on Monday in Abuja, Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, noted that the President had insisted there was no consensus or an anointed candidate.

According to Lalong, the President rather directed the Progressive Governors Forum to meet with the National Working Committee of the party to reach an agreement.

Adamu was reported to have made the announcement at the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Monday, June 6, in Abuja.

Meanwhile, Daily Trust reported that APC governors from the north have opposed the endorsement of Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the party.

The newspaper stated that the governors told President Buhari that they support the rotation of power to the Southern part of the country in 2023.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, who chairs the Northern States Governors’ Forum, told reporters that the president backed their stance.

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