Presidential candidates from the South West of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) have reached a deal to ensure that the region produces the next president.
Chief Bisi Akande, a former National Chairman of the APC, made the disclosure to reporters following a meeting on Friday with presidential hopefuls from the zone in Lagos State.
Chief Akande affirmed that the APC presidential candidates, governors and other leaders in the South-West are unified ahead of the 2023 general election, saying they have “pledged to speak to themselves and the public with immaculate civility”.
“We are united because we will ensure that the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s presidency comes to the South-West,” he said.
“We are united as we will ensure that the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will come to the South-West.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila were among those present during the meeting.
Also present were, governors of Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti.
The Ministers of Works and Housing, Trade and Industry and Investment, and the Interior, Babatunde Fashola, Adeniyi Adebayo, and Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, were also present at the meeting.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Ogun State; Chief Iyiola Omisore, APC National Secretary; Otunba Moses Adeyemo, former Deputy Governor of Oyo State; and Chief Pius Akinyelure, former National Vice Chairman of the APC, South-West Zone, were among APC officials present.
Writing by Saadatu Albashir; Editing by Tony Okerafor