National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu says the ruling party has yet to take any decision on the zone to produce its presidential flag bearer in the 2023 general elections.
Adamu stated this while speaking with State House correspondents, on Friday, in Abuja.
Adamu said the APC standard bearer will emerge only at the party’s convention.
The APC chairman said, “I am today privileged to be the chairman of the party. The party is greater than me. The party has not made a decision and I cannot preempt what the party decision will be.
“We will come out by the grace of God, at the appropriate time [with] the candidate the convention will choose. I do not want to speculate.
“My duty as Chairman is to listen to party men, party leaders, stakeholders, to see what is going to be best when the time comes. And I’ve always found it easier and more noble, to get a bridge before I jump to cross it. We are not there yet.”
On the N100 million presidential expression of interest and nomination forms, Adamu said APC did a thorough homework before fixing it for that amount.
The APC chairman stressed that the ruling party would need to have enough funds for its operations and to finance campaigns in run-up to the 2023 polls.
He said, “On the issue of cost of forms, we have been listening with rapt attention to the hues and cries, from our lovers, and from our adversaries. We have no regrets whatsoever. We did some homework.
“Over and above that, yes, we are the ruling party. Yes, we need to set examples in what we do. But I ask you, I don’t know which part of the country you come from. If God forbid, your traditional ruler dies today, contestants will go for more than N100 million, it is no news.
“We don’t want to continue begging, particularly in an election year like this. So I want to see that we’re able to mobilise sufficient funds to support our efforts to win the election.”