By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—AS the contest for Senate Presidency heightens, Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the North Central geopolitical zone, said they have adopted Senator Bukola Saraki as the zone’s sole candidate.
The APC State Chairmen in the North Central said that they will soon present the former Kwara State Governor and Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology as their candidate for the Senate President in the 8th senate.
Announcing the adoption of Senator Saraki as the zone’s sole candidate, the APC Chairmen said that the choice of Saraki was as a result of the withdrawal of Senator George Akume who is also from the North Central and Senate Minority leader from the senate presidency race last week to settle down as the deputy to another contestant, Senator Ahmad Lawan from the North East.
The APC Chairmen in a communiqué issued at the end of a crucial meeting held in Abuja, allegedly resolved and unanimously declared that they were only interested in the office of the Senate Presidency which had earlier been zoned to it by the National Working Committee of the party.
The Chairmen in the communiqué explained that due to the alleged personal decision of one of the contenders from the zone that he had withdrawn his aspiration and interest from contesting the position of the Senate President of the 8th Senate, they were left with no other obvious conclusion than Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki remains the sole candidate from the zone.
They also said that Saraki would be presented to the leadership of the party as the sole candidate for the position of Senate President of the 8th Assembly.
According to them, “The sole endorsement of Senator Saraki was borne out of his unprecedented commitment to the growth and success of the party at all levels in the Zone and across the country.
“Saraki’s commitment, sacrifices, sincerity and purposeful leadership that ensured the success of all the Senators, House of Representatives Members, House of Assembly Members as well as gubernatorial candidates in the affected states within the zone, have earned him our support.”
The communiqué read in part; “that we are resolute in our collective decision to produce a single candidate from the zone to the office of the Senate Presidency and we abide with same considering the fact that all our distinguished senators from the zone had equally maintained similar position in their earlier meetings”.
The chairmen who endorsed the Communiqué also said they have rejected an attempt by some individuals and a group within and outside the North Central making efforts to jeopardise the collective will of the people of the zone.
They also claimed that they had “vehemently opposed any alliance, horse trading and fixing of positions in a way that may sabotage the official position of the APC North Central Zone as such step runs contrary to the interest and yearnings of the people, the APC members and the zone on a larger scale.”