Tinubu Speaks On Alleged Automatic Ticket For Buhari
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its flagbearer in the 2019 Presidential Election.
Speaking with journalists after a meeting with leaders of pan-yoruba socio-cultural organisation in Akure, he said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the forthcoming presidential election.
His statement was against the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 election by the APC governors.
Tinubu, who was at the meeting with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi and the Acting Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Ade Ademehin, said Buhari was a man who believed in normal democratic process and the rule of law.
“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 rule of law and due process. We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party. 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 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 party members and we 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”.