2023: We’ll Pick Consensus Presidential Candidate — APC

The All Progressives Con­gress (APC) has assured that sooner the ruling party will present a consensus and agreeable presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.

It said the party was more interested now to stabilize against shocks that may arise from the individual ambition of stakeholders.

Senator John James Akpanudedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Conven­tion Planning Committee (CECPC), in a statement in Abuja in reaction to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) recent allegation that President Muhammadu Bu­hari had a self-succession plan, stressed that the party would not allow individual ambitions to derail the Bu­hari administration, ahead of the 2023 presidential poll.

He said unlike the oppo­sition PDP, the APC was a disciplined party, noting that the former was just being haunted by its past.

Akpanudoedehe recalled the third term agenda of the PDP while it was in power, pointing out that the APC would surprise it with the outcome of its planned con­gresses scheduled to com­mence on July 31.

“APC has no third term agenda like PDP. What we are doing now is to stabilise the party and not allow in­dividual ambitions to derail President Buhari’s adminis­tration,” he said.

“Unlike the opposition, we are a disciplined party. PDP is just been haunted by its past. You will recall the in­glorious third term agenda while PDP was in power. So, it is easy to accuse APC now.

“After our (APC) con­gresses and the national convention, we will shock them (PDP) by bringing a consensus and an agreeable candidate that will fly the flag of the party come 2023. APC has no 3rd term agenda like PDP.





Madagascar president survives assassination attempt

The prosecutor general’s office in Madagascar has said it foiled an assassination attempt on President Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects.

Two French people are among several arrested in the Indian Ocean island nation on Tuesday “as part of an investigation for undermining state security”, diplomatic sources said.

“Several foreign and Madagascar nationals were arrested on Tuesday, July 20, as part of an investigation into an attack on state security,” said prosecutor Berthine Razafiarivony, in a statement released overnight.

“At this stage of the investigation, which is ongoing, the prosecutor-general’s office assures we will shed light in on this case,” she added.

During the country’s Independence Day celebrations on June 26, the gendarmerie announced that they had foiled an assassination attempt on their boss who is also the president’s right-hand man, General Richard Ravalomanana.


Source: The Nation