- Adams Oshiomhole has said no one has yet expressed interest to contest the presidential election on the APC platform, except President Muhammadu Buhari
- He said there was a need to reconcile all aggrieved stakeholders
- According to to him, this was necessary if the party must make headway in the coming general elections
APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has the first right of refusal as the presidential election draws near.
Oshiomhole made the statement while swearing in the new Delta APC chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, at the party's national secretariat on Monday, July 16.
His words: “My plea to you is that once you have become the state chairman, you are not at liberty to be the agent of any of the aspirants, whether for House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate or governorship.
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“The only partisan position you might be able to pursue within limits is, maybe, with regards to the presidential candidate because that, as far as we know today, no one has yet expressed interest to contest the presidential election and so, it appears that the party understands that the incumbent has the first right of refusal and even the governors have publicly kowtowed to that.’’
Oshiomhole also spoke on the need to reconcile all aggrieved stakeholders in the state, saying it was necessary if the party must make headway in the next elections.
On his part, Erue promised to work with all stakeholders of the party to ensure its success in the next elections.
“For us in APC in Delta, our major concern is to repeat the Ekiti feat, that is winning elections and you know what it means to win elections. You must be prepared to bring everyone together and I am prepared as the chairman to bring together those who are willing so that we can pursue one goal and that goal is to win elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of Accord Party and former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe, advised the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to leverage on his increasing popularity in the country and contest the 2019 presidential election.
Okupe stated this while appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast programme on Monday, July 9.
He said: “Apart from Buhari, the next most visible and most notable politician in Nigeria today is Bukola Saraki and he would do himself a great favour if he steps into the ring and run for the position of president; he has the pedigree.”
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