The All Progressives Congress has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will not its sole aspirant in the forthcoming presidential election in 2019, but that he would have to justle with other aspirants in the race.
APC also noted that other members of the party are welcome to contest in the primaries.
This was according to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in an interview with Punch yesterday, adding that “Democracy will not grow when we have a sole aspirant for elective offices. Therefore, we welcome others with similar ambition.
“Yes, the President has signified his intention to run on the ticket of the party once again. We welcome that. However, to answer your question, he is not going to be our sole aspirant for the election. Other aspirants are going to be accommodated because we are going to conduct a free, fair and credible primary election.”
There have been speculations that APC chieftains like the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and the former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, are interested in getting the presidential ticket of the party.
However, Saraki, speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, had recently described reports that he would run for the presidency as false
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who was a founding member of the APC, had recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party when it was becoming apparent that the President would seek a re-election.
Abdullahi, however, said there was no need for anyone to leave, saying the party would provide a level-playing field for all.