- The race for the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria is gathering momentum
- All eyes are on the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Leaders of the party say the emergence of an APC presidential candidate ahead of 2019 will be strictly guided by the party's constitution
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state has revealed that the constitution of the APC, will determine the procedure to be adopted in the election of a presidential candidate in 2019.
Governor Abubakar made the comment on behalf of his colleagues after the sixth APC National Working Committee (NWC) consultative meeting, in Abuja on Wednesday, October 18.
NAIJ.com gathered that governors and leadership of the National Assembly, represented by Senate leader Ahmed Lawan, attended the meeting.
When asked to comment on whether the party was mulling an automatic presidential ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Abubakar said: “This meeting has not deliberated on that; but the APC has a constitution and that is one of the items that was discussed, the amendment of the APC constitution."
Governor Abubakar said the meeting, which received the report of Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led committee of true federalism, deliberated on preparation for the forthcoming Anambra state governorship election campaign committee which he chairs.
He said his meeting with President Buhari together with the APC gubernatorial candidate, Tony Nwoye, was meant to get an assurance that there would be a level playing ground for all the candidates.
On his part, the APC national publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the meeting endorsed the dates fixed for the meetings of its national caucus and National Executive Committee, adding that the date for the mid-term non elective convention would be announced after the two meetings.
The meeting was attended by governors of Kebbi, Kaduna, Imo, Edo,Plateau, Adamawa, and the deputy governors of Sokoto, Kogi, Ondo and Nasarawa states.
Meanwhile, a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has charged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithfuls across the country to gear up for a tough general election in 2019.
Fani-Kayode made the call on Wednesday, October 18, during the official declaration of bid for national chairman of the PDP by the former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Fani-Kayode who declared his support for Otunba Daniel's candidacy by endorsing him at the event, tasked PDP supporters across the country to be wary of the APC's antics ahead of the 2019 election.
His words: “Anyone who thinks the APC will give up power easily in 2019 is deluded. This is a quest to save our nation. We must ensure that the destiny of this nation is once again placed in the destiny of our people and that we make the right choice.”
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