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APC will decide next president, not me — Buhari

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will decide who succeeds him as president and not himself.

He said this on Thursday while fielding questions from journalists of Arise TV during an exclusive interview monitored by The Punch.

The President said, “About succession, what this admin can do is to make sure APC lasts beyond this administration.

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“We have started registration from ward to local government and to the state level. That way, the APC can know the number of members they have state by state and local government by local government so that by the time this administration goes, the legacy can continue.

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“And that is the best way to go for the party and for the country.”

He also rebuffed claims that joining APC automatically exonerated corrupt leaders from any lingering charges or investigations, saying that those who hold such views are not being fair to his regime.

Speaking on zoning and succession plan, Buhari reiterated that the APC will be the sole deciding factor.

“Shouldn’t we allow the party to decide, I just told you that we started from the bottom to the top.

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“I told the acting chairman and a committee to give me the report by the end of the month on the convention they are going to conduct and then arrange general elections until 2023. All the elections.

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“And we started this from bottom to the up, so that members of the party will be sure they are involved in decision making.

“Nobody is just going to sit in Lagos and tell them what to do. This is what we are arranging.

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“Succession plan depends on the party. The party will sit and make its decision by the constituencies they won.

“So those who want to be president, better join APC.”

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