- APC presidential candidates said they all have the right to contest
- They disagreed with Oshiomhole that President Buhari has the right of first refusal
Some presidential aspirants hoping to run on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the supposed endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Vanguard reports that the four persons are: Adamu Garba II, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, Chief Udo Udeogaranya and Alhaji Mumakai Unagha.
It was reported that Oshiomhole said President Buhari had a right of first refusal as the incumbent.
Ogbonnia in his reaction said Oshiomhole was not speaking on behalf of the party.
He said: “Comrade Oshiomhole is not speaking for the party but for himself. The APC leader, Bola Tinubu, made it clear that the presidential ticket of the party was open. Buhari, too, was quoted severally to support the rule of law and internal party democracy within APC.”
Garba said: “APC is purely a democratic party and will do nothing anti-democratic in its operations. We have started a process to formally go to his office and declare our interest in the office of the President. That I believe will remove the conditionality of the first right of refusal since it is evident that it is not only the President that is interested in the office of the President under the party.”
Unagha also said it was unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party has at no time shut out Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state from its fold.
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Oshiomhole in a report dated Wednesday, July 18, insisted that Ortom remains a member of the APC having restated his allegiance to the party in the media.
The APC chairman, however, declined to respond to unverified reports about Ortom’s defection, saying he could not respond to issues on the basis of rumour.
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