APC leaders suspend proposal of 2019 automatic ticket for Buhari

National Executive Council of  All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended a proposal seeking the adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s consensus presidential candidate for the 2019 polls.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, made this known, while answering questions from newsmen, on the outcome of the meeting of the council, presided over by Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dogara recalled that a motion on automatic 2019 ticket for Buhari was raised at the meeting, but it was rejected on the ground that it is not on the agenda of the meeting.

The House of Reps speaker, who explained that the meeting was not convened to discuss the 2019 polls, however said that a motion for a vote of confidence on Buhari was passed by participants.

“Even though there was a motion from the floor that called for a vote of confidence on the president, some of us felt it was not necessary because there is nowhere that his confidence is shaken. But the motion was taken and passed.

“But there was a second leg to that motion which called for the adoption of the candidature of the president, but it was deferred and no decision was taken on it because that was not the major reason why we were here,” he said.

Some of the APC state governors who spoke at the end of the meeting, however, said they will back Buhari if he decides to seek re-election in 2019.

The governors, include those of Nasarawa, Plateau, Kebbi and Imo states.

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