2019 presidency: No automatic ticket for Buhari –Akande

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not get automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential poll.

He said this in Ibadan yesterday, while briefing newsmen after a meeting of the leadership of the APC in the South West, held at the Executive Chamber of Oyo State Governor’s Office.

Akande, who was reacting to a question on whether the South West would endorse Buhari for 2019 general elections, said if the president indicates interest to re-contest in 2019, he would have to slug it out with other presidential aspirants in APC for the party’s ticket for the poll.

“He has not told us. Anybody in our party is free to become the president of Nigeria. As soon as they indicate interests, we will set a process through which a candidate will be selected. If he (Buhari) is lucky to have the ticket, then we will have no other thing to do than to present him as our candidate,” Akande said.

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The former Osun State governor also dropped a bombshell that the issue of restructuring of Nigeria being agitated for by many people and groups in the country is not in APC’s constitution. He said the party only stands for devolution of functions of the Federal Government to the state and local governments.

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