- President Buhari has issued a strong statement ahead of the next general elections in the country
- The Nigerian leader said the tradition of Abuja endorsing political aspirants will no longer be maintained
- According to President Buhari, the APC's style and structure should no longer be Abuja downwards, but from the ward level upwards
Ahead of the next general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has said political aspirants will no longer be endorsed from Abuja.
The Cable reports that the president said this on Saturday, January 30, after he revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his constituency in Daura, Katsina state.
Legit.ng notes that the president's statement deviates from the informal tradition of the occupant of the presidential villa endorsing or influencing the choice of political aspirants in party primary elections.
The Nigerian leader has also released a brief statement via his Twitter handle reiterating his position on the endorsement of political aspirants.
The president expressed appreciation to his party, the APC, for "choosing a bottom-up process of registration".
He said the party's style and structure should be from the ward level upwards, and not from downwards.
His tweet reads:
"Today in Daura, I participated in the membership registration and revalidation exercise of our great party, @OfficialAPCNg.
"All good people must get involved in the task of nation-building and improving their society. Register for your party, and register to vote.
"I thank our Party for choosing a bottom-up process of registration.
"Our party style and structure should no longer be Abuja downwards, but from the ward level upwards. So that people can defend the party and its policies even at every level."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, said President Buhari will never support the speculated presidential ambition of the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu.
Though Tinubu has not officially declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2023, there are strong speculations that the former Lagos governor wants to succeed President Buhari.
However, Lamido said President Buhari would not support Tinubu's ambition.