2023: Ex-APC Chairmen Urge Party To Adopt CBN Governor, Emefiele, As Consensus Candidate

By Damilare Adeleye

Some former state chairmen of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have implored the leadership of the party to ensure that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, will not only be drafted into the 2023 presidential race but emerge as the flag-bearer of the party's ticket.

The state chairmen of legacy parties that merged to form the APC explained that the candidature of Emefiele was necessary in order for the party to avoid political dangers ahead it.

The party chieftains which is led by Mallam Musa Abu made the call on Saturday, saying the CBN Governor has gained momentum acceptability to enable the ruling party to return to power at both the centre and state levels in the coming general election.

They stated that for the party to win the forthcoming presidential election, it should fit Godwin Emefiele as its candidate.

According to Musa: “We have keenly observed all the electioneering that has been going on in our great party ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.

“We have seen how bigwigs and moneybags in their 10s have been jostling for the only ticket available at our party.

“We are of the opinion that this unwieldy number of aspirants is not good enough for our party and its future.

“In searching for a way out in a manner that will be rancour-free and ensure electoral victory for us in 2023, we have come to the conclusion that our party should draft the CBN Governor into the race and give him all the institutional supports to lead APC to the 2023 contest.

“It is very clear that Emefiele’s candidacy is the best for our party because it will among other things it will not only lead us to victory, but his emergence as the next President will also see his administration continuing, consolidating and expanding the legacies of President Muhammdu Buhari.

“Our leaders must make this important choice quickly in the interest of the party, our nation and indeed all its citizens.”