The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be given an automatic ticket to vie for the presidency in 2019 under the APC as the proper democratic process would be followed.
Tinubu was reacting in Akure, the Ondo capital, to the recent endorsement of the president by APC governors as the party’s sole candidate.
The APC chieftain spoke to journalists 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 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, were also present in the meeting.
“Governors cannot appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves,” Tinubu said. “Buhari is a believer in the process. The Buhari, I know, believes in the rule of law. We wanted him even before the last convention and primary 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.”
“What you are hearing is just a campaign by other people who might like to do so. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not infringed on anybody’s ambition if there is. We can not be sycophantic about it.”
On why he was in Akure: “I am in Akure to acknowledge the leadership of Pa. Fasoranti as a great leader of the Omoluabis and we want him to be happy. He has been a great leader in his youth days. His intellect is still very intact. To seek his advice, seek his understanding and prayers, that is why I am here.”