The incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly been endorsed by top members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Party’s 2019 Presidential Ticket.
The development which was carried out by the party’s Governors forum has caused some members of the party to say that the President and other aspirants should be formally endorsed according to the party’s constitution and not by the approval of the forum.
According to the Party’s National publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the Governors forum is not an organ of the party and don’t have any right to decide who qualifies for the Presidential ticket, as He disclosed to Thisday.
He said: “The Governors forum is a major stakeholder in the party, but it is not an organ of the APC. But if you look at the constitution of the party, the key organs are the convention, the National Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, the National Caucus, and the National Working Committee.
They are only entitled to their opinion and they only have power of their vote at the convention. We can also say that because they are party leaders in their states, they can influence other delegates from their states to vote for the president.
I am saying that as a party, there is no contradiction in the national chairman, Chief Oyegun, saying that he supports President Buhari. But what I’m saying is that it is our duty to conduct a credible and transparent primary. If we conduct a transparent primary and President Buhari emerges due to the preponderance of support, we would have been seen to have fulfilled the provisions of our own constitution.
We will be acting in violation if we say that there will be no convention or, like the PDP did during their time by printing only one form and ensuring that only one aspirant emerged. We are saying that we are not going to do that.
If other aspirants say they are interested in the contest, of course, we have to make the space available to them. It is a game of numbers. But what I can assure you is that at the end of the day, the NWC of the APC will be fair to every member of the party who is interested in contesting for that post.”
From what we gathered, the party had earlier declared that all interested candidates for the Presidential ticket would be screened based on the party’s constitution.