There are strong indications that the next National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress will emerge by consensus.

Highly-placed party sources, on Saturday, revealed that the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses were “dress rehearsals” for what would happen in June during the national convention.

A member of the outgoing National Working Committee of the party, said the party had considered the consensus option to produce party executives at all levels.

He said, “We have had a precedence; even our outgoing National Chairman and most of us emerged by consensus. According to our party constitution, it is when the consensus option fails that you go into elections.

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“Yes, it is true that Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the National Executive Committee agreed to grant waivers to those of us who are still interested in seeking reelection, the position of National Chairman is one that, this time around, the incumbent is taking a dignified exit.

“The man loves this party and is prepared to make the sacrifice required to ensure we go into the 2019 elections as one united family.”

It was gathered that a former Cross River State Governor, Clement Ebri, who is the only other person who has indicated interest in the position, is to be prevailed upon to step down for a former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Doubts about where most APC state governors stand on the issue of the party leadership were cleared last Thursday when Oshiomhole made a formal declaration of his bid to contest the top party post.

He remains the only aspirant who has made known his intention to vie for the chairmanship seat.

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