President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up that he has no preferred aspirant for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari made this disclosure on Monday at a meeting with APC governors from the northern region.
The president also noted that he has “anointed no one”, adding that the choice of party members must be respected.
“You were elected as I was. Have a clear mind as I have. God gave us the chance; we have no reason to complain. We must be ready to take pain as we take the joy. Allow the delegates to decide. The Party must participate, nobody will appoint anybody,” he said.
Earlier in their addresses, the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of the Progressive Governors Forum, said they had come to affirm the position of the Northern Governors that the party’s candidate in the presidential election shall come from the southern part of the country.
They apologised to the President for the leakage of their signed memorandum which was not in support of any particular candidate and gave assurances to the President on their readiness to accept his leadership on the matter.