ASIWAJU Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Wednesday ruled out automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential election.
Tinubu who was in Akure on a private visit to the the leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political Group, Afenifere Pa Reuben Fasoranti was reacting to endorsement of President Buhari by some governors in the ruling All Progressive Congress APC.
His visit to the leader of Afenifere was seen by many as a realignment with the mainstream Yoruba Group ahead of the 2019 geeneral election. Tinubu declared that “no governor can appopriate the power of endorsement to themselves adding that an indivudual opinions” does not matter at this stage”.
The leader of the APC, was visiting Fasoranti almost after 14 years when he parted ways with the mainstream Afenifere to form a splinter group called Afenifere Renewal Group ARG.
Tinubu was accompanied to the state by the former interim national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande and the South West National Vice Chairman of the party Chief Pius Akinyelure. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy Agboola Ajayi and members of the state executives council accompanied Tinubu and others to the residence of the Afenifere leader.
After the closed door meeting in which only selected chieftains were allowed in, Tinubu told newsmen that the govermors endorsing the President are on their own. According to him “I have not heard about the endorsement and the party spokesman has not said that.
“No governor can appopriate the power of endorsement to themselves. ” Buhari is a believer in process, the Buhari I know believes in rule of law. “We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me,he was not the governor then.
“He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.