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Published On: Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Convention: Buhari, Atiku in last minute lobby

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Buhari vs AtikuFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

As 8,000 delegates set to elect the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos today, aspirants yesterday intensified lobbying of delegates, in order to swing victory.

 Peoples Daily correspondent gathered that top aspirants, including former military Head of State, General Mohammed Buhari (rtd) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar were meeting various delegates, who had arrived the state, in their hotels.

An official of Buhari Support Organisation told our correspondent that delegates are being reached out to, while a consensus is been pushed for by the retired general.

“We have been pushing for a consensus, but if we don’t get it we would face each other and the delegates would decide; but I can assure you that the General has a good chance. We have perfected our strategies and our work is on-going” said the official who pleaded anonymity.

Also, an official of the Atiku Campaign Organization told our correspondent last night that the Turakin Adamawa is meeting with  blocs of delegates at Eko Hotel; the private meeting was ongoing as at time of this report.

Meanwhile, he Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has welcomed delegates and supporters of the party to the state of Lagos, for the presidential primary of the party holding today

The party said that as Lagos offers hope for the recovery of Nigeria from total doom and wreckage, the state is offering the most potent hope for the country to retrieve its soul from the graves where mindless and corrupt leadership has left it for sixteen sorrowful years.

In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party said Lagos is pleased to play host to such historical event that will certainly feature in the annals of the Nigerian history for decades to come.

It urged the delegates and teeming members of the party to ensure that the primaries become a worthy grand finale to the spectacular and successful conduct of APC primaries nationwide.

“We see the presidential primaries as the grand finale to the APC’s march for change and the laudable and peaceful conduct of primaries for all elective offices, which had disappointed doomsayers that have predicated their hope for a continuation of the ruination of Nigeria on the rancour that will spew from the APC primaries. We are glad that by its stellar primaries, the APC has served the final notice to those that invested in a continuation of the regime of rot in Nigeria on imputing division and rancour in APC”, it stated.

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