A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the ‘normal democratic process’ in choosing its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, said 34 governors had endorsed Buhari for a second term.
The national leader sahd the party had not endursed Buhari as it sole candidate for the elections.
Tinubu made this known at a closed meeting with leaders of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, in Akure, Ondo.
He said: “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.
Tinubu, who reiterated that the party will follow all constitutional provisions, said an “An individual’s 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?
The former governor of Lagos also added that: “But if the national body, the NEC and all of us as members, endorse him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC 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.”