2019 Elections: Governors’ Attempt To Get Buhari Automatic Ticket Fails, Here Is Why

PIC. 9. FROM LEFT: DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE VICE PRESIDENT, MR ADE IPAYE; HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION, MR DANLADI KIFASI AND VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO, DURING THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (23/7/15). 5508/23/7/2015/ISE/BJO/NAN

A move by some governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress to use the platform of the National Executive Council of the party to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term failed on Tuesday. The APC NEC is the second highest decision-making body of the party after the national convention. Signs of what was in the offing became apparent early in the day as some governors known to be close allies of the President extended a campaign they began at an event organised by the Buhari Support Organisation in Abuja on Saturday.

During the meeting proper, one of the party members moved a motion asking that a vote of confidence be passed in the President and that he should be endorsed as the party’s candidate for the forthcoming presidential election. This however failed to sail through. The party members felt that considering the fact that aggrieved members had yet to be pacified, doing so would escalate tension in the party and adversely affect its chances. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, confirmed this while speaking to newsmen after the NEC meeting.

Dogara said, “Today’s meeting was not about 2019 elections. When we talk about 2019 in the context of the agenda you saw, we are talking about membership registration, the drive for membership and others. We are not talking about elections. Even though there was a motion on the floor that called for a vote of confidence in the President, some of us felt it was not necessary because there is nowhere that his confidence is shaking. But the motion was taken and passed. But there was a second leg to that motion which calls for the adoption of the candidature of the President, but it was deferred for now and no decision was taken because that is not the major reason why we are here.”

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