APC has not en­dorsed any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date - Og­beh

Daily Trust - - ADVERTORIAL - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Against the back­drop of re­cent spec­u­la­tions that the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has en­dorsed Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari and Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu as its pres­i­den­tial and vice pres­i­den­tial flag bear­ers for the 2015 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, APC chief­tain, Chief Audu Og­beh, has said the party has not en­dorsed any­body as its pres­i­den­tial flag bearer.

Og­beh who spoke with Daily Trust in Port Har­court yes­ter­day, said those ped­dling ru­mour of the pur­ported en­dorse­ment of Buhari/Tin­ubu pres­i­den­tial ticket were out to cause dis­af­fec­tion in the party.

“We have not dis­cussed it. But I am open to ev­ery re­li­gion. I want to tell you that we have not dis­cussed that is­sue. I am a Chris­tian. It is purely a spec­u­la­tion. It may be some­body’s idea. No se­ri­ous de­ci­sion on this mat­ter has been reached on this mat­ter with­out a se­ri­ous de­bate to weigh the merit and de­mer­its of this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter. So there is no rea­son for any­body to be worry or pull out from the party. When we take a de­ci­sion on such mat­ter Nige­ri­ans would re­alise the sen­si­bil­ity of our rea­sons” he said.

On the fate of 37 mem­bers of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that de­fected to APC, Og­beh said “the judge did not give any rea­son for that ver­dict. He only gave ad­vice. We have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve the ad­vice was par­ti­san to favour PDP. The judge has been ac­cused of do­ing favour to PDP. Other party mem­bers who have left their party to join PDP what do you say about them? These are some of the court ver­dict that brings the ju­di­ciary to dis­re­pute. But there are some judges that are open minded. No arm of govern­ment has the right to in­ter­fere in the in­ter­nal work­ings of any other arm.”

He ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives would in­ter­vene in the mat­ter.

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