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Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi, Akande, others: S’West resolved to…

Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi, Akande, others:  S’West resolved to…

By Emmanuel Oladesu, Orintunsin and Nicholas Kalu, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and presidential aspirants from the South West emerged from a meeting in last night with a resolution to ensure that the geo-political zone produces Federal Republic of Nigeria’s next president in 2023.

They also affirmed the right of every one of the to his ambition, but advised the gladiators to eschew acrimony and abuse in the build-up to this month’s primaries.

By the close of work in the ’s national secretariat in Abuja , the number of APC’s presidential aspirants had risen to 22 after Central Bank of Federal Republic of Nigeria () governor Godwin Emefiele, former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Lawal, immediate past Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Onu, former Zamfara State Governor Sani Yerima and Senator Ajayi Boroffice their own expression of and nomination forms.

Each set of forms goes for N100 million.

Many of the aspirants purchased the forms through proxies.

It was gathered yesterday that more aspirants might join the queue in due course.

Yesterday’s meeting of APC South West leaders was by former Osun State Governor Bisi Akande and his Ogun counterpart Aremo Olusegun Osoba to douse the anxiety generated by the number of aspirants from the same political and background.

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In attendance were APC National Leader Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi , Senator Ibikunle Amosu, and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, all of who have purchased their expression of interest and nomination forms for the presidential primaries.

D meeting, which took place in the Lagos State House, Marina, also House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, APC National Secretary Senator Iyiola Omisore, Southwest APC leader Isaacs Kekemeke, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ondo, Ogun and Osun counterparts Rotimi Akeredolu, Dapo Abiodun, and Gboyega Oyetola.

Others were Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, his and Investment counterpart Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola, former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel and former Oyo State governors Iyiola Oladokun and Alake Adeyemo.

A close to the conveners said the meeting was successful.

He said: “They (aspirants) freely expressed themselves. They spoke their minds. It was agreed that they were free to pursue their ambitions. But the leaders emphasised the to the emergence of the next APC presidential candidate from the Southwest.”

D source added: “D aspirants were admonished to pursue their legitimate without abusing one another. They called for decorum.

“It was also agreed that the aspirants should meet regularly to review events and situations. Contrary to feelings in some places, the meeting was not convened to make aspirants withdraw from the race.”

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