Imo state governor and chairman of the Organising Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention, Chief Hope Uzodimma, has urged aspirants to the presidential ticket of the party to stand by the outcome of the election.
Speaking in Abuja as delegates of the party get ready to cast their ballots, Chief Uzodimma, who expressed optimism that the party would deliver a primary election that is acceptable to all, said much was expected of the party.
According to him,” Nigerians are looking forward to the party delivering a primary election that would reinforce their confidence in it”.
23 members of the party are in contest for votes from the 2322 delegates to the convention which holds at Eagles Square, Abuja.
The election has been characterised by horse-trading and what many see as manipulative actions aimed at positioning the aspirants for majority votes.
Ahmed Lawan, a late entrant to the race, is being touted as President Muhammadu Buhari’s preferred candidate, a move that has pitched governors of the party from the northern divide against the leadership of the party.
Also, aspirants from the Southeast part of the country were forced to denounce their northern counterparts for attempting to foist five names on the party as aspirants to pick from.
The announcement of Lawan, the incumbent president of the Senate, by the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, as the preferred choice on Monday, also pitched some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party against their chairman.
However, feelers from the presidency indicate that Lawan may still emerge as the President’s choice.
But speaking, Gov. Uzodimma said the party was entering the election as one, adding that a candidate that is acceptable to all will be elected to face the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the election slated for February 2023.