Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday ruled out any plan by leadership of the All Progressive Congress to pick a consensus candidate ahead of the party’s presidential primaries.
He said that at this stage of the race, the issue of consensus candidacy is not being considered, adding, “we have gone beyond consensus and we are all working and looking towards the actual primaries.”
Atiku, who stated this in Owerri, Imo State, during his consultation tour of the Southeast zone, noted that he was in the presidential race to make history in the APC.
He urged the party delegates to work for the victory of the party, even if their candidate is not picked at the primaries, saying the quest to take power from the People’s Democratic Party should be put ahead of individual interest.
The former vice president also confirmed that he has a pact with the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is also in the presidential race.
“I chose to make Imo the last state I will visit in the Southeast because of two major reasons. The first reason is that Imo State is my second home and, secondly there are two of us that are in the presidential race from this state – myself and Governor Okorocha.
“Any vote for him is a vote for me. When you have voted for him you have voted for me and when you vote for me you have voted for him,” Atiku stated