Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State walked out on his colleagues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during a meeting in Abuja on Monday.
The meeting was part of preparations towards the presidential primary and to finalise plans to adopt a consensus presidential candidate – from the Southern region as earlier agreed upon.
Candidreporters.com learnt that Governor Bello angrily walked out of the meeting at the point where he was asked to withdraw from the race for a southern region candidate.
“Governor Yahaya Bello angrily walked out of the meeting called by the APC governors. He was asked to back out of the race to pave the way for the southern region candidate or aspirant from the southern region,” a top source in the meeting revealed.
In a fresh twist, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, announced Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the party.
Adamu made the announcement at the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday in Abuja.
His adoption of Lawan as the consensus candidate is against the position of 11 APC northern Governors, who endorsed that power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Adamu told the National Working Committee that he arrived at the choice of the Senate President after consultation with President Muhammadu Buhari.
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