2019: APC National Leader Asiwaju Tinubu Rules Out Automatic Ticket For Buhari
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has countered recent endorsement of President Muhammadu as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 Presidential election by some APC governors.
According to him, the leadership of the party is yet to make a decision on who to okay as its sole candidate.
Tinubu, made this known in in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday, after a closed meeting with the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, the Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the organisation, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The former governor noted that Buhari was a man who believed in democratic process and the rule of law.
His words: “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.”