APC governors split, Okorocha says no automatic ticket for Buhari

Vows to resist imposition of candidate
Two days after some governors of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly
expressed their readiness to give an
automatic ticket to President Muhammadu
Buhari to contest the 2019 election, there
was a loud dissenting voice from one of
them yesterday.
Differing with his colleagues, Imo State
Governor Rochas Okorocha said that there
would be no automatic ticket for Buhari in
2019 if he decided to re-contest.
Governor Okorocha’s position on the
candidacy of President Buhari for the 2019
presidential election has reinforced fears
that the entire APC structure is not united
behind the re-election bid of the president.
Okorocha spoke some two months after
Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan
had made similar remarks regarding Buhari
and the 2019 presidential election.
The APC governors who rooted for an
automatic ticket for the president in 2019
said he had performed well. The governors
spoke on the sidelines of the party’s
National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting
in Abuja on Tuesday.
Reports had named Okorocha, Tanko Al-
Makura of Nasarawa State, Atiku Bagudu of
Kebbi and Simon Lalong of Plateau State as
those who endorsed the president for an
automatic ticket.
The NEC of the party had deterred an
informal motion to endorse the proposal.
But Okorocha told State House
correspondents yesterday that though the
president was democratically qualified to
re-contest, he (Okorocha) and others would
resist an imposition of his candidature on
the APC.
Okorocha, who said he was at the villa to
see the president on issues bordering on
the politics in the South East zone, pointedly
said there was nothing wrong with the
calls for the president to seek re-election.
The Imo governor who is also the Chairman
of the APC Governors’ Forum, however, said
there would be resistance to any attempt to
impose Buhari as the party’s candidate for
the 2019 presidential election.
The gentleman (Buhari) is looking much
more handsome than even before he went
to hospital; he is looking stronger and so,
he has every right and qualification to re-
contest, there is nothing wrong at all.
“But we don’t allow imposition of
candidates, it must be democratically done.
If President Buhari will lead the ship in
2019, it must be democratically done and I
say democratically done, transparently to
the amazement of the whole world, the way
it will take place and the way we do our
thing in APC.
“President Buhari is qualified
constitutionally to run and the good thing is
that he is in good health, stronger than he
has ever been. I think the hospital he went
to was a mere exercise to strengthen his
nerves and bones,” he said.
On his visit, Okorocha said: “I have come to
see the president and to discuss politics as
it affects the South East and APC and the
way forward, and the politics of APC as it
also concerns governance.
“It was a very fruitful meeting. More efforts
should be made in the South East to really
let the people understand the APC role in
Nigeria and in the South East.
“The president was quite receptive and was
quite happy with the deliberation that we
just had upward of 45 minutes.”
On the way forward after the meeting,
Okorocha said: “The South East before now
was not majorly in APC but we have worked
out strategies and modalities on how to
improve relationship between the people of
the South East and APC government.
“That was top on the agenda, and the need
for the president to come to the South East
as quickly as possible to begin to show his
presence and luckily the president will come
to Ebonyi very soon.
“He would pass through Imo State to
Anambra State. So, covering three states
within this short time is a right step in the
right direction because we have come to
realise in the South East that we are better
off in APC than any other party.”
On APC’s agenda in the South East and how
to make it stronger in the region, he said
“the agenda we have set is making sure
that we bring in more people.
“We have more people in Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) coming to APC than
the number of APC people leaving for PDP.
Hardly is there any story of APC people
leaving for PDP but we have more PDP
coming to APC.
“For instance, Ken Nnamani, Orji Uzor Kalu
and a host of them have joined APC. These
are some of the strategies in making sure
that APC becomes bigger in the states.”
According to the Imo governor, most
senators and House of Representatives
members have jumped into APC. “Today, we
have 24 governors and we are also looking
forward to see what happens in Anambra
“In fact, our party is much stronger than it
has ever been, even before the last election
we had in 2015. The relationship now
among members and Federal Government
is more cordial. So we are happy that we
are in the right direction and that there is
no qualm for 2019.”
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The kain thunder wey go fire buhari dey gym for America if he tries to contest for presidency 2019
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm i go kill this man oo
(03-11-2017, 04:30 PM)emeks Wrote: The kain thunder wey go fire buhari dey gym for America if he tries to contest for presidency 2019

dead men can not be counted. He ders not move to dat sit on 2019. Dat is nonsence. Total nonsence. Stupid nigeria
(03-11-2017, 05:58 PM)Sanctus Wrote: mmmmmmmmmmmmmm i go kill this man oo

for mouth ko? Go out side or for main road go shout buhari i go kill u. Na only @omaa go save u
mek dem no talk abt our independence. Na thunder wey no get family go fire dem
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