The former Governor of Osun State , Chief Bisi Akande , former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba and prominent All Progressives Congress stalwarts have organized a meeting with the presidential aspirants from the southwest.
The meeting is expected to hold on Friday, May 6 , 2022 in Lagos.
Presidential aspirants like APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, have been invited to the meeting.
Southwest stakeholders within and outside the APC have expressed concern over the growing list of aspirants from the region under the same political party platform.
Sources disclosed that the well respected Chief Bisi Akande had suggested that the list of contenders be reviewed and shortened so that the southwest does not miss out on the party’s presidential ticket, considering that the southwest was the biggest facilitator of the All Progressives Congress formation, at inception.
The leaders opined that, “The South West is the biggest investor in APC. The political marriage between the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Changes (CPC) gave birth to APC. ACN came to the merger with 6 Governors against 1 Governor from CPC. The South West sacrificed most for APC. It is only natural that the region should produce the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari from North West.
They expressed worry that “if the South West does not get its acts together, it may lose the APC presidential ticket to other region, nothing that, It is even more worrisome that the 4 aspirants from APC are from same political family.
Already, the South East is making legitimate claim to the Presidency. Even the South South that had the presidency not too long, with former President Goodluck Jonathan seeking a shot at it again.