The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it will not grant automatic ticket to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This was coming ahead the allegation that some leaders of the party had been planning to give automatic ticket to Buhari, a development that was said not to be favoured by other presidential aspirants who are planning to run on the party’s platform.
Speaking with Daily Independent , a governorship aspirant of the party in the 2015 general elections, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he is planning to slug it out with President Buhari for the party’s ticket “but people around me are asking me not to waste my time as the party had already zeroed in on the incumbent president.
“I know of other presidential aspirants who believe the party has technically given President Buhari the ticket of the APC. They keep saying there will be a primary but deep down, their actions and words give the impression that they have already settled for President Buhari as the party’s flagbearer”.
But in a chat with Daily Independent , Yekini Nabena, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, said there will be no automatic ticket for President Buhari as other aspirants who intend to vie for the number one position in the country on the party’s platform will also be given the opportunity to prove their worth at the primaries.
“There is going to be primaries. Other aspirants will also be given a chance to test their popularity. So, it is not as if there is an automatic ticket that has been given to President Muhammadu Buhari”.
On whether any aspirant has indicated interest in the presidential ticket aside Buhari, the APC spokesman said “though one or two have shown interest, the actual number will be known when the forms go on sale.
“Yes, there are people. One or two persons have indicated interest but when the forms go on sale, the aspirants will come out and the real number will be known”.