President Muhammadu Buhari has asked all presidential aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Congress to pick a consensus candidate from the South among themselves ahead of the party’s primary on June 6.
Buhari said this on Saturday evening in the meeting he had with the aspirants at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Candidates vying to be candidate of the ruling APC in the forthcoming presidential elections are; former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and former ministers Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Godswill Akpabio, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Serving governors who are also aspiring to be president are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
Others include former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, and serving senators Ibikunle Amosun, Ajayi Boroffice, and Rochas Okorocha.
Meanwhile some candidates from the north have started withdrawing from the race, to give room to only candidates from the south, in response to President Buhari’s order.