Mr Buhari on Wednesday met with the aspirants for the party’s top job and informed them of his decision to support Mr Adamu, a serving senator and former governor of Nasarawa State.
The aspirants who attended the late-night meeting with the president on Wednesday include Mr Adamu, Tanko Al-Makura, George Akume, Abdul’aziz Yari, Saliu Mustapha, Sani Musa, and Muhammed Etsu.
In his push for consensus candidates ahead of the convention, Mr Buhari ordered APC governors to refund money paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms by any of the aspirants willing to step down for Mr Adamu and other consensus candidates.
One source, who is also a delegate to the convention, said one of the aspirants had decided to step aside but was persuaded by the others not to do so in order to thwart the chances of Mr Adamu.
“Many governors are not happy with Buhari’s choice for national chairman but none of them can come out openly to challenge him.
“That is why they are secretly encouraging other aspirants never to back down so that they can work behind the scenes to ensure Adamu is not elected,” the source said.
He added that many governors are secretly mobilising their delegates to vote against the president’s choice.
Another source who also does not want to be mentioned said series of meetings were going on as of 10 p.m. on Friday but all the six other aspirants were yet to take a stand. He said the other six aspirants will take a collective decision on the matter.
“Many stakeholders have been prevailing on the other aspirants to step aside and give a written consent but none of them has agreed.
“I assure you that whatever decision they are taking will be a collective one,” he said.
As of the time of 10 p.m. Friday night, no aspirant had agreed to step down. However, a unity list was being prepared with Mr Buhari’s choice as chairman.