President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he has no favoured candidate in the All Progressives Congress presidential primaries (APC).
On Monday, Buhari stated this during a meeting with governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu, Buhari has dispelled all misunderstandings over his position on the selection of a presidential candidate for the ruling party.
Shehu said that the president told the 14 governors of the party’s northern states that he has “no favoured candidate,” has “anointed no one,” and is committed to ensure that “no candidate shall be imposed on the party.”
“The President stated that he had a clear understanding of what he was doing and urged the APC governors to do the same: “You were elected, just as I was. Have a mind as clear as mine. God granted us the opportunity; we have no grounds for complaint. We must be willing to accept both happiness and suffering. Permit the delegates to choose. “The Party must participate; no one will be appointed.”
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong, and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, stated that they had come to affirm the position of the Northern Governors that the party’s presidential candidate must come from the southern region of the country.
They apologised to the President for the release of their signed memorandum, which did not endorse any particular candidate, and assured him that they were willing to accept his leadership on the issue.