The Chairman of APC Governorâ€™s Forum and the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said there is no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, this is in spite of his laudable performances.
He said APC will give equal opportunities to all aspiring candidates in 2019, the President must go through party primaries like every other candidates to avoid imposition in the party, he made this statement to the State House correspondents in Abuja after his meeting with the President.
He said â€œThe gentleman is looking much more handsome than even before he went to hospital; he is looking stronger and so, he has every right and qualifications to re-contest, there is nothing wrong at all.
â€œBut, we donâ€™t allow imposition of candidate. It must be democratically done. If President Buhari will lead the ship in 2019, it must be democratically done, and I said, democratically done, transparently (done) to the amazement of the whole world, the way we do our things in APC and people will be happy,â€™â€™ he said
The governor also disclosed that President Buhari is to embark on tour of South Eastern states of the federation beginning with Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra towards improving the relationship between the people of South East and the APC-led Federal Government.
He said â€œThe South East before now was not measuring in APC, but we have worked out strategies and modalities on how to improve relationship between the people of South East and APC government.
â€œAnd that was top on the agenda and the need for Mr President to come to South East as quickly as possible, to begin to show his presence.
â€œLuckily, the President will be coming to Ebonyi state, very soon, and he will pass through Imo state to Anambra state.
â€œSo, covering three states within this short time will be 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 in the federal republic of Nigeria,â€™â€™ he said
He was optimistic that membership of the APC in the South East would continue to increase as many politicians had been joining the party in recent times.
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