APC’s crowded presidential race

 The growing number of presidential aspirants in the All Progressives Congress has become a point of debate among politicians, political observers and other stakeholders, CHUKWUDI AKASIKE writes

There is no doubting the fact that the 2023 presidential race is gathering momentum and Nigerians are getting set to elect another leader. Before the beginning of this year, most of those currently in the race were quiet and undecided about their aspirations. Most political pundits found it difficult to ascertain when the bigwigs in the party would signify their intent. As far as the declaration for the presidency in the party was concerned, it was near silence everywhere till the end of 2021. But the debate at political gatherings last year was essentially on power shift.

It was the former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who broke the ice in January and declared his intention to run for the presidency when he visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, followed suit, and in a similar fashion, visited Buhari to inform the President of his intention to run for the coveted number one position in the country.

It did not take long for others like a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu; ex-governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha; Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to declare their interest in the presidency on the platform of the APC. The latest to join the fray is the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

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