(JUST IN): Northern govs send names of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Fayemi, Amaechi, Umahi to Buhari to consider for APC consensus candidate 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the names of five aspirants for his consideration as the consensus presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of today’s national convention.
The names were said to have been submitted to him by governors elected under the party from the North.
Those that made the shortlist are said to be Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi; former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, confirmed the shortlist.
He said those whose names were submitted had been graded by the party’s screening committee based on specified criteria.
The governor disclosed that the shortlist did not stop other candidates from presenting themselves for the primary election.
The governors had approached the president on Monday to canvass for his support for a southern candidate.
Their meeting with the president came against the backdrop of the announcement by the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Adamu Abdulahi, that he (President Buhari) had endorsed Lawan as the consensus candidate.
The Presidency denied it, saying that Buhari wanted the delegates to decide.