Chief Bola Tinubu said President Buhari will not get automatic ticket for 2019
He said the party will follow due democratic process
The APC chief expressed optimism that the president will also agree with it Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will follow due democratic process in selecting its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
The Punch reports that the APC leader spoke on Wednesday, November 22 shortly after his meeting with leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, the Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the organisation, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State.
Also at the meeting were Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi and acting chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Ade Ademehin.
Tinubu said the AOC had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for 2019. He insisted that due process will be followed and that the president would also support it. “No governors can appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves. Buhari is a believer in the process.
The Buhari, I know, believes in the rule of law. We wanted him even before the last convention and primary of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.
“We followed all the constitutional provision and an individual or group’s opinion does not really matter at this stage, Buhari will want a normal process. Buhari that, I know, who says he will lose at any convention? But if the national body, the NEC (National Executive Committee) and all of us as members endorsed him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party constitution. “What you are hearing is just a campaign by other people who might like to do so. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not infringed on anybody’s ambition if there is. We can not be sycophantic about it.”
It was reported that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, declared that the APC will remain in power in 2019 as it would emerge victorious at the forthcoming elections. The first-class traditional ruler, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to work towards its success as the ruling party cannot be eased out so soon. Oba Akiolu further called the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a stubborn man but added that this is for the right reason.