The Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West, including governors, National Assembly members, ministers and others, yesterday evening rose from “exclusive stakeholders” meeting in Agodi Government House, Ibadan, and declared that the presidential ticket of the party is open to all as the march towards 2019 general elections gets underway.
Speaking on behalf of the APC stakeholders at the end of the meeting, Chief Akande said they were in Ibadan as a follow up to the January this year's meeting they held in the same town, to appraise the state of affairs of the party and how the zone was fairing in the scheme of things.
"We are happy that our governors and ministers are performing satisfactorily. As a party, we are trying to review our position to see what we are going to do to have Ekiti back for APC in 2018,” he said.
Asked of the position of the party on President Buhari's rumoured second term ambition, Akande said, "He has not told us he is running for 2019. Anybody in our party is free to become the president of Nigeria as long as he indicates interest.
“We have a process through which a candidate will be selected. If he is lucky to have the ticket, then we have no option than to present him as our candidate," he said.
On the clamour for restructuring, Akande said, "Restructuring is not our language. Go and ask those who are advocating for restructuring to define it. What I told you just now is devolution of function from the centre to the state and to the local government,” he said
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