Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi says the possibility of President Buhari clinching the APC’s ticket automatically for the 2019 election will be decided by the terms of the party’s constitution.
Abubakar told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the constitution’s ”Article 20 (iii)” will be relied upon for a decision.
He spoke after the meeting of the party’s National Working Committee with state governors and National Assembly members at the party’s National Secretariat Abuja.
Abubakar, who was with Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s National Publicity Secretary and an APC lawmaker, Ahmed Lawan, said the party had not deliberated on the modalities for the 2019 tussle.
“This meeting has not deliberated on that but the APC has a constitution and that is one of the items that was discussed – the amendment to the constitution of the APC in order to faithfully hold the convention in line with democratic principles, and we will abide by the provisions of our constitution.
”Article 20 (iii) of the APC Constitution 2014 says “nomination of candidates for (f) President shall be through direct or indirect primary election to be conducted at the appropriate level,” he said.
A chieftain of the party, Bisi Akande, had also caused a stir recently when said that the president had not indicated interest yet in re-contesting, and would not get automatic ticket.