Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has described the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu to impose Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the party candidate as a frolic mission.
Akeredolu in a statement on Monday evening said the move runs contrary to decision by northern governors to zone presidency to the south.
“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,” Akeredolu said.
“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.
Akeredolu added that, “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,” he said.