Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention, President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed all his backers to close ranks in choosing the next set of leaders to manage the party.
Based on Buhari’s advice, it was learnt yesterday, APC governors and some top leaders of the party, who are pro-Buhari, were trying to work out a harmonised or unity list.
Former Edo State Governor Oserheimen Osunbor’s sudden decision to run for National Chairman appears to have caused some anxiety in Buhari’s camp.
Osunbor will vie for the office with ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole and ex-Governor Clement Ebri.
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The three chairmanship aspirants had undergone screening with others amid fears that Osunbor was drafted by some members of a “third force” in the party.
The Screening Committee will submit its final report to the National Convention Committee next week.
According to sources, who pleaded not to be named, the President asked APC governors on Tuesday night in Abuja to ensure a rancour-free National Convention on June 23.
It was learnt that as part of steps to have a smoother convention, some governors and top leaders of the party (loyal to Buhari) had been contemplating a harmonised list or a unity list in line with the wish of the President.
The recourse to a harmonised list was meant to avert a repeat of the events which led to the choice of principal officers of the party.
The silence of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) caucus in the party is said to have made Buhari’s supporters to become circumspect in the past few days.
The President might be involved on the consensus built by the governors and party leaders.
There are three groups in the party pledging to work for Buhari.
But the three groups had been working at cross-purposes and there were fears in the presidency that going into the convention in a disunited form might be dangerous.