A contender for the National Chairmanship position of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Tanko Al-Makura has withdrawn from the race.
The former Nasarawa State governor said he was withdrawing to support Senator Abdullahi Adamu who is believed to be the consensus candidate of the party for the position and enjoys the support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Spokesman to the former governor Danjuma Joseph confirms this position. Senator Al-Makura’s decision is coming only a few hours before the commencement of the APC national convention in Abuja.
The former governor had previously declared he would not be withdrawing from the race simply based on speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The APC has in the meantime reiterated that it prefers candidates contesting national working committee (NWC) positions to emerge through consensus. This is as it added that members who feel otherwise about a consensus candidate would be allowed to test their popularity at the polls.
This position was made known on Friday by the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule who is the chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee of the APC National Convention.
He submitted that the consensus option ensures the process is faster and rancour-free.
Sule however added that it doesn’t mean the APC would deny aspirants the opportunity to contest or for delegates to vote as anyone who disagrees with the consensus candidate would be allowed to slug it out at the polls.