The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its aspirants in the forthcoming 2023 general election to sign a ‘Letter of Withdrawal’ form attached to the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.
The party added that the controversial letter must be duly signed along with other forms and their credentials and sent to the office of the APC National Chairman at its National Secretariat in Abuja.
Recall that The Street Journal had earlier reported that there is a possibility that the ruling party may settle for a consensus candidate as its flag bearer for the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
Some of the aspirants who have declared interest to contest in the 2023 election include Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunke Amosun; former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha; Minister of Transportation, Hon Chibuike Amaechi; Minister of Labour & Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, among others.
It was gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to hold a meeting with the presidential aspirants of theAPC to urge them to discuss among themselves to pick a consensus candidate to reduce the number of individuals contesting, in which an official withdrawal form had been designed to this effect.
According to The Guardian, It was learnt that some of the presidential aspirants are not happy with the party’s directive and are not ready to sign the controversial form, which they think is a plan to force a consensus option on them.
About three presidential aspirants from the South are said to have approached their legal teams for the interpretation and implication of signing the withdrawal form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oath.