Some stakeholders at the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north-central said they had yet to endorse any candidate for the party’s national presidency.
This is because they take their time to study the background and pedigree of the various aspirants and what they portend for the stability of the party.
The main candidates for the post of national president of the North Central CPA are a former governor of Benue State and current Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, and a former governor of the state from Nasarawa, Senator Tanko Al-Makura.
Speaking to reporters in Lafia on behalf of stakeholders on Sunday, former Nasarawa State Assembly member Abdullahi Ibrahim said the North Central region had been marginalized in the country’s political calculations and should be given the chairmanship of the CPA.
“We have not declared support for anyone. I say this with full responsibility.
“It is for the good of the party as a whole that we take our time and critically assess the aspirants on the strength of what they bring to the table.
“If someone tells you that we still have a consensus candidate, that’s a lie.
“In fact, we still have to meet, let alone decide. We don’t want to rush the process.
“In all fairness, this region has been marginalized over the years and we believe the appointment of the next party chairman, Nigeria’s largest party, is the best way to start the recovery process. But despite that, we’ll watch before we jump, ”he said.
Likewise, Ibrahim David Ajokwu from Kogi South Senate District said, “We agreed as a zone that we would not settle for less this time.
“So anything less than a capable hand, with strong leadership abilities and a clean slate will never be an option for us for a consensus deal.”
Competitors from other areas are; the former governors of Borno State, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff and Kashim Shettima; a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; a former governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje; and Adamawa State Party Leader Sunny Moniedafe.