A former acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande, on Thursday in Ibadan said President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to inform South-west leaders of the party that he would recontest in 2019.
Mr. Akande also said that Mr. Buhari, a member of the ruling party, will have to contest with other members interested in the slot to secure the party’s nod.
Mr. Akande spoke on Thursday at the meeting of the APC South-west leaders at the executive chambers of the Oyo State governor’s office in Ibadan.
The former governor and chairman of the meeting also spoke with journalists on national issues at the end of the deliberations.
Responding to a question on whether the party would support the president’s re-election, he said the decision ”will be taken at the appropriate time and that the president hasn’t said anything about a re-run.”
“He has not told us that he is contesting again. Anybody in our party is free to become the President of Nigeria.
As soon as they indicate interest, we will set a process through which a candidate is elected. If he (Buhari) is lucky to have the ticket, we will present him as our candidate.”
He also said South-west leaders of the party are advocating for devolution of powers from the centre to the states and local governments.
“The APC leaders from the South-west, together with our members in government at the state and the national levels, met to review what we decided at the last meeting in January 2017 and to see whether the efforts of our leaders in government have been fruitful. We are happy that we have had a happy meeting.
Our governors and ministers are performing satisfactorily,” Mr. Akande added.
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