The All Progressives Congress APC through its Publicity Secretary Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has made it known that Buhari will not be forced to pick Prof Osinbajo as running mate again. it will not be fare to impose anyone on the party’s presidential candidate. He said.
President Buhari has declared intention to run for second term in the platform of APC. Although the declaration has continued to generate argument among political class in Nigeria. However Buhari did not mention whether he would pick another running mate.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi in a chat with Punch, said Abdullahi said imposing a running mate on the President might cause friction between the two party representatives. He also said that the winner of its presidential primary would be allowed to choose his running mate.
When asked if Buhari would retain Osinbajo as his running mate in 2019, Abdullahi said, “You know it is not the duty of the party to impose someone on the presidential candidate. In any case, if the President emerges as the party’s candidate, we won’t impose anyone on him. Remember he (Buhari) is not going to be the sole aspirant?
“But it is the duty and the responsibility of the candidate to pick whosoever he likes and he is ready to work with. It is not the duty of the party to pick or impose anyone on him. No, that is not democracy.
“So, if President Buhari emerges as our candidate, he is the one to pick and also announce his running mate.”