Tinubu says no automatic APC 2019 presidential ticket for Buhari

Tinubu says no automatic APC 2019 presidential ticket for Buhari

All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the party has not adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its 2019 presidential candidate.

APC, according to Tinubu, will follow the due process in picking its 2019 presidential candidate.

Tinubu speaking on the issue while addressing newsmen after a meeting with Afenifere’s leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, said Buhari is a politician who believes in the normal democratic process and the rule of law.

The meeting which held at the home of Chief Fasoranti, was attended by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, former APC interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, and other Afenifere leaders.

On the endorsement of Buhari by some APC governors, Tinubu, said none of them can usurp the powers of the party in deciding who pick its presidential ticket.

He, however, explained that if APC national executive council and other members of the party adopt Buhari, it will not violate the party’s constitution.

Tinubu said, “I have not heard about that and the APC spokesman has not said that. No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself. President Buhari is a believer in process; the Buhari I know believes in the rule of law and due process.

“We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries 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 follow all the constitutional provisions and an individual opinion does not 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 and all of us as members, endorse him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party’s constitution. What you are hearing is just a campaign. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not stopped anybody from aspiring or contesting.”

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