One of the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that it is ‘too late’ for the party to adopt a consensus candidate for next year’s presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar, who is also a former vice president, stated this while speaking to journalists in Bauchi on Sunday.
“It is too late for the party to think of holding a consensus forum for its presidential aspirants but rather, it should conduct a delegate conference where we will fight it out,” Mr. Abubakar said.
According to him, it is one of the tenets of best practices in democracy for candidates to be allowed to test their popularity.
Commenting on his relationship with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Abubakar said they have a good relationship.
“In spite of my disagreement with Obasanjo on political ground, there is personal cordial relationship between us; I visited him last week at his Ota Farm,” he said.
The former Nigerian vice president held a closed-door meeting with APC stakeholders in Bauchi as the party prepares for its primaries set to hold next month.
Apart from Mr. Abubakar, other aspirants who have indicated interest to run for president on the platform of the party are Muhammadu Buhari, Sam Nda-Isiah, Rochas Okorocha, and Aminu Tambuwal.