All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors have proposed five presidential aspirants to participate at today’s primary.
Plateau Governor Simon Lilongwe, who confirmed the proposal to reporters in Abuja, said it was done based on the reality on ground and without bias and sentiments.
The five, who are from the South, are: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chibuike Amaechi, Prof Yemi Osinbajo , Dave Umahi and Kayode Fayemi.
That they are from the South attested the commitment of the Governors to zoning to the region.
Lalong said their names were listed in alphabetical order.
The Governor explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the Progressives Governors’ Forum to reduce the number of aspirants and submit their names to the party.
He also said the five aspirants were also advised to discuss among themselves and agree on one candidate.
Remarkably, three of them are from Southwest, one from South south and one from the Southeast.
However, the proposal is not a decision but a suggestion.
Also, it is expected that other aspirants should embrace it to prevent any controversy arising over exclusion, which may lead to post-primary litigation.
Lalong said the long list of aspirants conveyed a crowded race that may unleash tension.
He dismissed insinuations about any consensus aspirant from the North, insisting that the Governors were committed to zoning.