2019 Presidency: APC governors pledge support for Buhari

BuhariEven as President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to formally declare interest in the 2019 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governors on the party platform has pledged to endorse him for a fresh mandate.

The governors who spoke with newsmen at separate interview sessions at the party national secretariat on Tuesday before the commencement of its NEC meting include, Tanko Al Makura, Simon Lalong, Rocha Okorocha and Atiku Bagudu, governors of Nasarawa, Plateau, Imo and Kebbi states, respectively.

Governor Al-Makura who ruled out automatic ticket for President Buhari however, said Nigerians would only support APC if Buhari picks its presidential ticket.

He said:  “You see APC is a party epitomises democracy. For anybody to preempt the consensus opinion of the people is to say the least, fair to the vision of our party. I can tell you if there is anything that is clandestine the President will not honour it, so let wait and see as we embark on these meetings.

 

I believe the consensus and the preponderance of opinion of all party members will be what is good for this country, and we have already known the will of this country, the future of this country as we all know now  is associated with one person, who is impeccable, who has the greatest amount of integrity that you can find in any human being around, so your guest is as good as mine.’’

His Kebbi State counterpart,  Atiku Bagudu, said Nigerians believe in President Buhari as he claimed that the country has moved beyond North/South divide.

‘’Everyone believes two things about Mr. President: that  he is very, very sincere in his views and he has his own style of doing things consistent with appreciation of our nation issues. I, in my state, somebody my feel differently the way l run my government or the government that l am leading but it might be a reflection of my appreciation of circumstance in which my state  co-exist with others.

‘’I thought that the nation has moved beyond, North-South; East-West. The APC in late 2014 held one of the most successful  primaries in Lagos. It shows the importance of democratic  competition  to even strengthen both the party and country. President Muhammadu Buhari emerged candidate in a very, very keenly contested primaries and those who contested with him were happy about the contest and the party became stronger and l think the country won accolades for a free, transparent primaries that was attested to by all has taken place and it produced a leadership that today it is still supported by the majority of Nigerians.’’

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong in his own submission said all the governors have resolved to work to ensure a fresh mandate for President Buhari in 2019.

‘’Concerning the issue of sole ticket for Mr.  President, I want to say that if Mr.  President is performing, well respected and carrying everybody along, all of us have resolved that we will work for him.

‘’Do we have any other person that will challenge the President again? Whatever you call it, as far as we are concerned, we have one President and that is the ticket we will fly.‘’

Imo state governor and chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha however  said he would  only drop his presidential ambition in 2019, if president Buhari was not seeking re-election.

He further expressed confidence in the ability of the party to overcome its present challenges.

‘’This is perhaps one of the most vital NEC meetings that will tell the whole world as to the strength of this party. From the caucus meeting of last night, we can see light at the end of the dark tunnel.

APC is coming out of the woods and we are set to take over the nation like we have always done. It is going to get better and better.

‘’Mr. President is showing the right leadership and taking the very right steps and there is reconciliation going on even with nobody talking about it. There is the spirit of reconciliation and people understand their role.

‘’Our role is to make this party great and we are all trying to do that, make our  input but importantly the governors  have remained the pivot upon which this wheels of change has rotated so far, we have kept this party working and after this meeting our congresses and convention will commence in the early part of next year and all party organs will be strengthened. We are in good mood and in high spirit.’’

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