2019 Presidency: There Will Be No Automatic Ticket For President Muhammadu Buhari – Tinubu, Akande, Others, Shock Northern APC
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South-West, at the instance of the National Leader, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday evening, rose from the “exclusive stakeholders” meeting, in Agodi Government House, Ibadan, and declared that the 2019 Presidential ticket of the party is open to all.
Post-Nigeria gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari got a large chunk of votes in 2015 from the South-West, and Thursday’s decision by Leaders from the zone left many questions unanswered ahead of 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the APC Stakeholders at the end of the meeting, Chief Bisi Akande said they were in Ibadan as a follow up to January this year’s meeting, which they held in the same town, to appraise the state of affairs of the party, and how the zone was fairing in the scheme of things.
“We are happy that our Governors and Ministers are performing satisfactorily. As a party, we are trying to review our position to see what we are going to do to have Ekiti back for APC in 2018”, he said.
Asked about the position of the party on President Buhari’s rumoured second term ambition, Akande said: “He has not told us he is running for 2019. Anybody in our party is free to become the President of Nigeria, as long as he indicates interest.
“We have a process through which a candidate will be selected. If he is lucky to have the ticket, then we have no option than to present him as our candidate”, he said.
Tunde Rahman, Bola Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media, later held a media parley with Journalists, and said that “he (Tinubu) considered it wise to stay back in Lagos to attend to stomach ache, and he is part and parcel of decisions going on at the meeting.”
In attendance were the host governor, Abiola Ajimobi, Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), a former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Olusegun Osoba (Ogun), Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), who is serving as Minister for Solid Minerals, Communications Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu, a Minister of State for Niger Delta, Claudius Daramola, Senator Adeyeye, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf and the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila among others