Muyiwa Bamidele, Abuja
Former Nigeria Vice President and presidential aspirant of the main opposition Party, All Progressives Congress, (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has rule out automatic ticket for any particular candidate of the party saying the that APC Presidential flag bearer will emerge through primary slated for next month.
Atiku made this known while speaking with Journalists in Abuja, the Nigeria capital city.
The former Vice President stated that those canvassing for automatic ticket for particular candidates were afraid of electoral contest, adding that the issue of automatic ticket was a foregone conclusion within the party.
“You know that the APC is an amalgamation of a number of political parties that came together, relinquishing their identity. But having been constituted, the APC cannot escape an elective primary. There is no zoning for you to say there should an automatic ticket and there will be no allocation like they do in the Peoples Democratic Party”.
On zoning, The Turaki Adamawa said “As far as zoning is concerned, we don’t have zoning in the constitution of the APC. So, the race is open for everybody. That is why you hear that Rochas Okorocha is also contesting. So, we don’t have zoning in the APC like the PDP. It is entrenched in their constitution which has been violated as far as zoning is concerned”.
He insisted that the APC remained a better alternative to the PDP, because “so far, the internal democracy we have practiced in the APC is a better alternative than what is being done in PDP”.