The National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday in Abuja refused to adopt President Muhammafu Buhari, as its presidential candidate for the 2019 general election.

The rejection by the NEC in session runs contrary to the opinion of some governors who said before the meeting that the party would give automatic ticket to the president to contest the election.

The governors had said that nobody else in the party was credible enough to fly the flag of the party at the polls apart from President Buhari.

Also, against all expectations, the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, who had been under intense pressure to quit office, survived a vote of confidence at the meeting.

However, party members who expect that a convention of the party would hold this year might have to wait a bit longer as indications emerged that the convention might be postponed till next year.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, confirmed this while addressing reporters after the NEC meeting.

"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 registrations, the drive for membership and others. We are not talking about elections.

"Even though there was a motion in the floor that calls for a vote of confidence on 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 differed for now and no decision was taken because that is not the major reason why we are here," he stressed.

The Speaker further explained that the party had yet to agree on a date for its inaugural bi-annual national convention because details were still being worked out.

Mr Dogara said some of the grievances expressed by party members were normal in every family.

He stressed that there was no family without its internal squabbles; and noted the challenges were being handled and would soon be resolved.

However, the decision taken by the APC NEC runs contrary to the position of the governors who had, before entering the meeting, told journalists that President Muhammadu Buhari had been adopted as the candidate of the party for 2019 elections.

The governors said they believed that President Buhari’s integrity, coupled with his performance since 2015, which they claimed had remained unbeatable.


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