There are strong indications that the duo of Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imos State and the Publsher of Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda Isaiah, have stepped down for Muhammadu Buhari to emerge the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ongoing national convention of the party.
This was gathered from NTA News twitter handle @NTANewsNow about an hour ago.
The stadium is still empty as the convention is yet to commence as at the time of filling this report around 5.30 pm.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Planning Committee of the 3rd National Convention Presidential Primary Election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that the party is determined to conduct a presidential primary that is democratic and transparent.
He said this during his tour of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the convention.
He said what matters to the party, is not who emerges as the presidential candidate but the process through which he emerges.
He said, “APC is trying to enrich Nigeria’s democracy by ensuring that the presidential candidate of the party will emerge through a democratic process that will not be like a coronation being carried out in Abuja by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The party has made all arrangements to ensure that the candidate of the party is elected through a transparent primary election which will be done at the full glare of the entire world,” he said.
Also speaking, former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said his expectation is that whoever emerges as the presidential candidate of the APC is going to be the next President of the country.
He said the APC is going to produce a Presidential candidate that had the capability and carriage to cause a very positive change for the country.
Also speaking, the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon said the arrangement for the convention was in order, saying nobody has laid any complaint.
At the time of filing this report, only Fayemi; the Deputy Chairman of the Convention Committee, Kawu Baraje; Senator Solomon; Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Senator Ajayi Boroffice; APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro; ex-Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, ex-counil chairmen of Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Agege Local Government, Alhaji Abdur Rasheed Abiodun Mafe, and Alhaji Jubreel Abdul Kareem and House of Representatives member, Honourable Abike Dabiri have been sighted at the stadium.