APC govs back consensus presidential candidate

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The Progressives Governors Forum on Wednesday declared its support for consensus method of choosing the presidential as well as other candidates for the All Progressives Congress.

The Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on the decisions reached by the Forum, said neither the party nor the forum had adopted any candidate.

He said the forum, which comprised APC governors, was in support of consensus method of choosing candidates so long as there was no imposition of candidates.

He added that in the event of not arriving at a consensus candidate, the party would then go for credible and transparent
primaries.

Okorocha said, “On consensus, our forum is in full support of consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regards for internal democracy. There will be no imposition of candidate in our party.

“Our Forum has not adopted any candidate neither has the Governors’ Forum adopted any candidate but we shall encourage consensus and dialogue within the leadership of the party and aspirants to see how we come up with a candidate. But where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have a free and fair primaries from the APC.”

He also decried the dwindling revenue coming to the states, adding that it had become so terrible that some states were finding it difficult to pay their workers’ salaries.

Okorocha said the forum planned to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan on the issue and pleaded with the President to grant the meeting.

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