2,322 delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will today converge at the Eagles Square in Abuja to elect a presidential candidate that will fly the flag of the party in the 2023 presidential election.
The special presidential convention takes place amidst moves by President Muhammadu Buhari and party stakeholders to pick a consensus candidate from the 23 aspirants screened by the Odigie Oyegun led screening committee.
Though no breakthrough has been made on consensus, sources say a last minute push is on by the president to unveil his preferred successor.
While the president and Northern governors of the party have endorsed power shift to the south, the Northern Elders Forum and other stakeholders insist on throwing the race open.
The decision by the northern governors prompted Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa state to pull out from the race leaving Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello as the only northern aspirants in the race.
Frontline presidential aspirants include former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Other ex-ministers in the race include Ogbonnaya Onu, Godswill Akpabio, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Serving governors who are also aspiring to be president are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ben Ayade (Cross River).
Others include former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole; and serving senators Ibikunle Amosun, Ajayi Boroffice, and Rochas Okorocha.