- President Buhari has cleared all doubts about where he stands on the choice of a presidential candidate for the APC
- The Nigerian leader at a meeting with the APC governors from the north said he has not anointed any presidential aspirant
- Buhari added that no candidate will be imposed, noting that the choice of members of the ruling party must be respected
Legit.ng earlier reported that Senator Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman, announced Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the party’s consensus candidate.
Adamu had claimed he arrived at Lawan's choice based on his consultations with President Buhari.
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But in the statement by Shehu, President Buhari said he has “anointed no one”, adding that the choice of party members must be respected.
It was gathered that the president said this when he met with the 14 northern APC governors.
He told the governors that he has “no preferred candidate," and has "anointed no one,” and is determined to ensure that “there shall be no imposition of any candidate on the party.”
The president was quoted as saying:
“You were elected as I was. Have a clear mind as I have. God gave us the chance; we have no reason to complain. We must be ready to take pain as we take the joy. Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody."
Party is important, members must be respected - Buhari
Speaking further, President Buhari said the party is important and its members must be respected, and made to feel they are important.
The president said he had a clear mind about what he was doing and asked the APC governors to feel the same way.
Ken Nnamani withdraws from APC presidential race
Meanwhile, Ken Nnamani, a former Senate president, has withdrawn from the race to clinch the presidential ticket of the ruling APC.
The former lawmaker announced his withdrawal during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Monday, June 6.
“In the present circumstances, it does not make any sense for me to continue in the race as I have not had the opportunity to market my profile and ideas to the delegates of our party in a manner that allow for deliberation and introspection," he said.