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Consensus Candidate: Akeredolu Describe Adamu’s Announcement Of Lawan As “Expensive Joke”


The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,  has faulted the announcement of Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the All Progressives Congress, APC, consensus candidate ahead of the party’s convention slated for today.

In a statement personally signed by Governor Akeredolu,  and titled Abdullahi Adamu “is on a frolic of his own,” he described the action as an expensive joke.

National chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu had on Monday announced that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had been picked as the party’s consensus candidate.

Read the full statement below;


My attention has just been drawn to the expensive joke purportedly enacted by the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu. The speculation is rife that the Chairman took a flight of fancy and decided to make a pronouncement beyond his competence. He has, allegedly, made public his preferred choice as the candidate of the APC for the Office of the President in the next general elections.

This alleged pronouncement runs contrary to the position of majority of Northern Governors in APC and their counterparts in the South. Our agreement is unanimous on this issue. The office of the President should be contested for by qualified persons from the Southern part of the country if the move to get a consensus candidate fails. There has been no shift from this settled issue. 

Let it be known that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level. He is at best embarking on a frolic which reasonable people will consider dangerous. 

We are grieving but have not forgotten that Power MUST shift to the south. On this we stand.


Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN. 

Governor, Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum

June 6, 2022.

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