The south west leaders of the APC has ruled out that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be given an automatic ticket to contest the forth coming general election. A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, disclosed this to newsmen after meeting with the leadership of the party which was held at the Executive chambers of the Oyo State governors office.
Akande, further said that, the president will need to slug it out in case he would want to reconnect election come 20 19. He was Reacting to a a question on whether the South West would endorse Buhari for 2019 general elections, he further states that other aspirant should be given a platform to contest.
“He has not told us. Anybody in our party is free to become the president of Nigeria. As soon as they indicate interests, we will set a process through which a candidate will be selected. If he (Buhari) is lucky to have the ticket, then we will have no other thing to do than to present him as our candidate,” Akande said.
Akande also spoke on restructuring saying “Restructuring is not our language. Go and ask those who are advocating restructuring to define it. What I told you just now is devolution of functions from the centre to the peripheral governments – the states and the local governments.
“Restructuring is a language of other bodies and groups of people. You can always direct your questions to them on what they mean by restructuring, whether restructuring in economy or in politics or whatever, go and ask the advocates what they mean by restructuring; that is not in the APC’s manifesto or constitution.
: “We leaders of APC in South West, with our leaders in government, both at the state and national levels, met to review what we decided in our meeting of January, and to see whether the efforts of our leaders in government have been fruitful. We are happy that we have had a very happy meeting and the resolutions are that we are on course. We are happy that our governors and ministers are performing satisfactorily.
Akande said the party would work assiduously to win the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)