The All Progressive Congress (APC) has assured the public that it will not impose any aspirant as its presidential candidate, and all other elective posts for the 2023 general election. This comes after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused President Muhammadu Buhari of having a “self succession plan”, causing jitters among APC leadership. The Secretary of the party’s Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John James Akpanudoedehe made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said, “Our statement is simple. President Buhari has no third-term ambition, a position he (Buhari) has personally reiterated,”
“In adherence with internal democracy, when the time comes to elect the APC 2023 presidential flag bearer and other party candidates, the process will be in full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended), the APC Constitution and the approved party guidelines for the nomination of candidates.
“For clarity, the APC constitution provides that party candidates in all elections emerge through democratically conducted primary elections or where possible, consensus,” Akpanudoedehe reaffirmed.
The Senator further said, “The misleading interpretations given the earlier statement, particularly conspiracies aimed at senior party leaders and their perceived presidential ambitions are unnecessary and misplaced.
“The APC leadership will not impose any candidates in the lead-up to Congresses, National Convention, and the 2023 General Elections.”