Sunday, December 14, 2014 5:58 pm
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked for prayers from Nigerians as it gets set to pick a running mate for its presidential candidate, Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari. Earlier report said the party would announce its choice Monday.
The APC dismissed the rash of speculations in the social media and Nigeria’s newspapers about the possible vice- presidential candidate for the party and said they are all the figments of the writers’ speculation because the party has not met to take a decision on the matter.
”We are using this opportunity to tell Nigerians to pray for us as we seek to pick a running mate for our presidential candidate. This is because this choice is not just for us but for all of Nigeria,” APC said
In a statement issued by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC publicity secretary, the party gave the assurance that the choice
of its presidential running mate will be made within the context of the best democratic ideals, just like that of its presidential candidate.
It described the reports that a running mate has been picked to run with the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as unnecessarily sensational, downright speculative and totally misleading.
The party said everyone of the candidates who have been speculated as a running mate to Gen. Buhari is unquestionably competent to be a Vice President or even President, adding, however, that no choice has yet been made by the party.
”We are glad with the feedback we have received from Nigerians on the transparent and rancour-free manner in which our presidential primaries was organized. We are assuring Nigerians that the choice of our presidential running mate will also be guided by best democratic ideals.
”We appreciate the nationwide interest that the choice of our presidential candidate and his running mate has generated. It is a mark of the confidence that Nigerians repose in us. We assure that we will not disappoint our compatriots who have seen our party as the agent of the change they so much crave,” it said.
Several names are being bandied about as possible running mate for Buhari.
Among them are the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his former attorney general, Professor Osibajo and Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state.
Also in the mix of speculation is Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.