The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed optimism to be the All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus flag bearer in the 2023 Presidential elections.
The Senate President who fielded questions from journalists after his screening by the John Oyegun Presidential Screening Committee of the APC, also said that he was comfortable with the idea of a consensus arrangement by the party.
He added, “I want to see a situation where I come out as the aspirant, become the candidate and of course, go ahead to beat the PDP and other political parties to win the Presidency for APC and for Nigerians.”
He however expressed his willingness to work with any candidate fielded by the party, noting that “We are sons and daughters of the same father, the same mother, those of us in APC. All of us who took the form to run for the highest office of the presidency believe in the ideals and ideology and philosophy of our party.
“Therefore, we are one and the same. So I will support anybody who the party and the President think can do better for us. I have no problem with that. But I want to also believe that at the end of the day, that day will be mine.”
Lawan who stormed the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, the venue of the screening with dozens of Senators, friends and political associates, told journalists what transpired behind closed doors in the screening room.
“I was asked very fundamental questions about what our party stands for, about what I believe I can bring to the Presidency of Nigeria.
“And of course, our party stands for progress, our party stands for national stability. And what we have done in the last seven years as an administration, we have recorded so much successes across the country but we also have some challenges that we have to deal with.
“As someone who is aspiring to be a candidate for APC and by the Grace of God, the President of Nigeria in 2023, I have gone through the Mills. I worked before I came to the National Assembly in 1999.