President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would endorse the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to succeed him come 2023.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, won the APC presidential primary after polling 1,271 votes to defeat his closest challenger, the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who scored 316 votes.
Other aspirants in the race, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmad Lawan got 235 and 152 votes, respectively.
Days before the primary, Buhari had met the APC governors and appealed to them to allow him choose his successor — a statement that raised eyebrows as to whether he had a preferred candidate. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, however, maintained that his principal had “anointed no one”.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, the president — who bows out of office on May 29, 2023 — revealed that he would back the APC standard-bearer.
When asked if he intends to endorse anyone as his successor, Buhari replied: “Yes. I will endorse the APC candidate for president.”