Nigerian Governors disclosed who their choice of presidential candidates in 2023 will be
Governors of the 36 states of the Federation have reached a bipartisan consensus on who they would like to emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
The Nigerian governors said it is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that the next president is from its fold.
The governors’ resolution is coming as preparations for All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presidential primaries hit top gear.
The resolution and insistence of the governors was communicated through their official body, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). They maintained that the presidential aspirants of the two major political parties must be one of them, DAILY POST quoted a source who’s familiar with the development to have said.
Their consensus on producing the next president is hinged on the confidence that state governors have the competence, experience, age advantage and contemporary connections needed to rebuild the nation.
The development is the reason the state governors are scrambling to maintain control of the structures of the two major political parties ahead of their congresses and Presidential primaries.
Our sources at the NGF insisted, “I can tell you that the governors of the 36 states have reached a consensus that one of them should emerge as the next President of the country.
”The governors have been meeting and consulting on producing the Presidential candidates of both the APC and the PDP and the consultations have reached a very advanced level. In a matter of days, the governors will make a formal declaration in this direction”, the source said.
Our sources also said this is the main reason the state governors in the APC are insisting on retaining the control of the APC’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) ahead of the party’s National Executive (NEC) meeting next Thursday in preparation for the National Convention later in the month.
In the opposition PDP, the governors are said to have intensified consultations among party leaders ahead of the PDP national caucus meeting scheduled for Monday in Abuja as well as the Party’s NEC meeting on Tuesday.
The PDP is expected to reach critical decisions, including zoning as well as its schedule of activities and guidelines for the 2023 general elections at the two crucial meetings.
The source in the NGF, however, hinted that following the decision, the governors may have to support any party that takes its candidate from their forum, in the case that one of the political parties picks its candidate outside the governors.
The governors are expected to make formal presentations to their parties ahead of the Presidential primaries.