“Buhari himself is not even looking for automatic ticket. 

"He is a man that is very fair and free to what he does. And his feeling is that if any candidate is willing to contest against him, he should come to the Eagle Square". 

Former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu said this at a private wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Kalu said President Buhari as a democrat would want every interested candidate to be given a chance to test their popularity and exercise their democratic right. 

According to Kalu, "if in the United States, Obama was given automatic ticket. President Bush in Republican Party was given automatic ticket. President Clinton was given automatic ticket".

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"The First and Second Bush were given automatic ticket. So President Buhari is also feeling that automatic ticket for him is not right. 

"He said open the space for other people who also want to contest. He want the openness of the primary to take place. 

"The contest should be thrown open. There would be no rancour. We are in democracy and I would vote for the President. I’ve said it times without number, that President needs to consolidate on his achievements because the President is very popular. 

"He is still the only person carrying 12 million votes.

"His tenure has been besieged by illness. So the President genuinely deserves second tenure. 

“We are not afraid of anybody who wants to contest against the President", he stated.


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