The North Has No Other Qualified Candidate To Present For The 2019 Presidential Elections – APC Shocks The World

By Post Nigeria October 15, 2017 07:24

The North Has No Other Qualified Candidate To Present For The 2019 Presidential Elections – APC Shocks The World

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Saturday night, replied the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, and the former Interim Chairman, Bisi Akande, for ruling out President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of getting an automatic ticket ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The controversy came to a height after Bisi Akande at the instance of Tinubu at the end of a retreat for South-West Leaders of the APC, declared that the 2019 Presidential ticket remained open to all sections of the country.

Akande had said: “He (Buhari) has not told us that he is contesting again. Anybody in our party is free to become the President of Nigeria. As soon as they indicate interest, we will set a process through which a candidate is elected. If he is lucky to have the ticket, we will present him as our candidate.”

Reacting to the development, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, told said: “I can’t see anywhere the ‘South-West APC’ said there is no automatic ticket for Buhari. What I have read was a statement credited to Chief Akande, saying that President Buhari has not declared interest in 2019, which is a statement of fact; and that anyone was free to contest from any part of the country, which again is a statement of fact, as far as our party is concerned”, Abdullahi said.

Also, the Sokoto State Chairman of the party, Suleiman Danmadamin-Isa, said that the South-West APC was at liberty to take any position for now, adding that, the North had no candidate now other than Buhari.

“For now, until President Buhari tells us he is not interested, the North has no other candidate. Since the position is zoned to the North, if whoever wants to contest hears that Buhari will contest, he will step down.

“As far as zoning is concerned, this is still the turn of the North to produce a candidate”, he said.

The Adamawa State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Balal, however, rebuffed entreaties on the issue, saying that there was a regional agreement by stakeholders not to comment on the issue.

“Adamawa is the home State of a possible 2019 Presidential aspirant and an APC member, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar”, he said.

 

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