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No automatic ticket for Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress national leader, on Wednesday cleared the air on the issue of automatic presidential ticket, stating that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its standard bearer in the 2019 presidential election.

Mr Tinubu stated this while addressing journalists after a closed door meeting with the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, the Afenifere, at the residence of the leader of the organisation, Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

“No governors can appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves. Buhari is a believer in the process,” Mr Tinubu said.

“The Buhari I know believes in the rule of law. We wanted him even before the last convention and primary of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.”

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He said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the forthcoming presidential election.

His statement was against the recent endorsement of Mr Buhari as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 election by the party’s governors.

Mr Tinubu, who was at the meeting with the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Agboola Ajayi and the acting chairman of the APC in the state, Ade Ademehin, said Mr Buhari was a man who believed in normal democratic process and the rule of law.

He added, “We followed all the constitutional provision, and an individual or group’s opinion does not really matter at this stage. But if the national body, the NEC (National Executive Committee) and all of us as members endorsed him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party constitution.

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“What you are hearing is just a campaign by other people who might like to do so. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not infringed on anybody’s ambition if there is. We can not be sycophantic about it.”

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