Presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, will on 10 December know their fates, as the party has fixed Lagos for the presidential primary. Eight thousand delegates will converge on the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, to elect a flag bearer, among the five aspirants, on the day. The choice of Lagos initially unsettled four of the aspirants, namely former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, and Leadership Newspaper publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah. They, on 27 November, wrote the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, on their preference of Abuja as convention venue. The fears of the aspirants and their supporters is the perceived advantage a major contender, former Head of State, Mohammadu, may have in Lagos. They also believed that former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu’s clout – who they perceived as being disposed to a Buhari’s candidacy – in the state may favour the former soldier.
Chairman, APC Convention Committee and former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, dismissed the insinuation that the party was working to a predetermined answer. He said each aspirant has a member in the committee and the reason for the Lagos venue was explained to them. “We looked at the options. We looked at Port Harcourt, Benin and Lagos. We felt that all the factors that are considered to be critical to success of our convention only Lagos has successfully met those criteria,”