- Presidency has said that President Buhari would name his running mate when he becomes APC candidate for 2019 presidential elections
- The president's special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known on Saturday, April 14
- Buhari had on Monday, April 9, declared intention to seek re-election in 2019
The Nigerian presidency on Saturday, April 14, said that President Muhammadu Buhari would only name his running mate for the 2019 presidential election after he might have emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Punch reports that the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with its correspondent.
NAIJ.com gathered that he was responding to questions on whether or not Buhari would pick Osinbajo as his running mate and why he did not make his position on the matter known while declaring his interest at the party’s NEC meeting on Monday, April 9.
Shehu explained that only candidates in elections nominated running mates and Buhari had yet to become a candidate but still an aspirant.
He recalled that Buhari nominated Osinbajo as his running mate for the 2015 presidential election at the point when, as the then candidate of the APC, he wanted to file his nomination with the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The presidential spokesman added: “There is a way these things are done. When was the vice president nominated for the ticket? If you recall, it was in December 2014 after President Buhari won the party primary. It was done at the point of filing nomination form.
“As a matter of fact, the nomination form was filed with Vice President Osinbajo’s name less than 24 hours to the closure.
“I am not an expert in this matter but my sense is that candidates nominate running mates. President Buhari is not officially a candidate yet. He has just signified his intention to seek party nomination.
“It is after winning the ticket that you will expect him to name his running mate for the contest. That’s the requirement, he can’t run alone.
“Though I have not been briefed on this, this is my assumption. My view is that it is not the norm that you name a running mate when you are not a candidate.”
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Buhari had shortly before he travelled to the United Kingdom on Monday told NEC members that he would be seeking re-election based on Nigerians’ clamour that he should do so.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, in Abuja declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and Publicity confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the president made the declaration at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
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