Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reportedly announced Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate for the party.
According to The Nation, Adamu announced the development on Monday at the meeting of the party’s national working committee (NWC), held in Abuja.
TheCable could not independently verify the claim.
The party is also said to have decided that other presidential hopefuls will be allowed to participate in the presidential primary.
Voting for the APC’s presidential candidate is scheduled for Tuesday.
The development comes as President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with APC governors from the northern region in Abuja.
Discussions at the meeting with the president, which held on Tuesday, included the decision of the northern governors asking for the APC presidential ticket to be zoned to the south.
There have been calls for the presidential ticket to be zoned to the southern region, but this has been met with counter-reactions — including a protest by northern youth groups kicking against the power shift.
Meanwhile, Buhari, at a meeting with presidential hopefuls on Saturday, asked them to “come up with a formidable” consensus candidate.
“I wish to remind you that our choice of flagbearer must be formidable, appealing to the electorate across the board, and should command such ability to unify the country and capacity to address our critical challenges,” the president had said.