National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has said that all 28 persons seeking to clinch the party’s 2023 presidential ticket cannot all get it the same year.
Among other presidential aspirants in the ruling camp, the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi are leading the race for the APC ticket, Naija News understands.
Speaking ahead of APC’s primaries, Adamu said even though the party could not deny members the right to contest, not all of them would be president this year.
He noted that there are aspirants from across the country in the presidential race and the party would have to take decisions when due.
“You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting elections or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right, and we are happy for them.
“There is nothing wrong for anybody aspiring for the exalted seat of the president, it is God that decides who gets what.
“We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket, and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket. If it’s God’s wish, they all can even be president of the country one after the other,” Adamu noted.
Speaking on zoning, the national leader said the ruling party would decide on zoning after screening its 2023 presidential aspirants.
Naija News understands that Adamu said this in an interview with selected Hausa service media organisations late Wednesday night.
He reiterated that all presidential aspirants would be scrutinised in accordance with the party’s guidelines for the 2023 general elections.
It is worthy of note that the party’s electoral guidelines have provided three methods of choosing its candidates for an election, which include: direct, indirect, and consensus.
Speaking further on zoning arrangement, Adamu said: “We have not produced our candidate for the presidency yet, we have to screen the aspirants to know the way forward.
“Our goal is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges as the candidate of the party, that does not mean we are perfect, but we pray we do the right thing,” he said.
On the possibility of the party adopting the type of consensus arrangement that produced him as its chairman, Adamu said the chairmanship position was not the same as that of the president.
He stressed that there was no comparison between the two positions.
“However, the party has laid down its rules and regulations for the aspirants, we would scrutinise all of them based on our guidelines to be sure we pick the right candidate for the party,” he said.