Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) said on Wednesday in Akure President Muhammadu Buhari would not be offered an automatic ticket for the 2019 presidential election.
Rising from a meeting with Afenifere, in the house of its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti,Tinubu said the party had not endorsed Buhari as its presidential candidate.
“I have not heard about that and the APC spokesman has not said that.
“No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself.
“President Buhari is a believer in process.
“The Buhari I know believes in the rule of law and due process.
“We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries 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.
“We follow all the constitutional provisions and an individual opinion does not matter at this stage.
“Buhari will want a normal process.
“Buhari that I know.
“Who says he will lose at any convention?
“But if the national body, the National Executive Committee and all of us as members endorse him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) regulations, we will not be violating our party’s constitution.
“What you are hearing is just a campaign.
“Buhari has not excluded anybody and he has not stopped anybody from aspiring or contesting.”