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Consensus: APC governors shortlist 5 aspirants

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, governors say they have shortlisted five presidential aspirants among whom a consensus candidate would be picked.

The chairman, Northern APC Governors’ Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, monitored by our correspondent.

According to him, those shortlisted aspirants are the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Kayode Fayemi, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Mr Lalong said: “From our own recommendations, as of this morning, we recommended five people. In alphabetical order, we said Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, John Kayode Fayemi, David Umahi and Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Those are the ones we made recommendations and we said we should put them forward.”

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According to him, consensus is still possible and that right from Monday up till today, Tuesday, the governors are still in consultations with the President and the National Working Committee would continue on that consensus.

“As of yesterday, we were able to even reduce, made recommendations of about five persons, from 23 to recommendations of about 13 aspirants without disqualifying anybody,” he said.

Mr Lalong said within that 13 aspirants that were graded by the Screening Committee, “we now looked at it and then recommended, that was jointly done by the Progressive Governors and members of the National Working Committee, reducing it to five.”

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