buharin-and-apc-leadersThe National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, but silent over the possibility of his running for the second term in the 2019 election.
Speaking to news men shortly after the meeting in Abuja yesterday, Tuesday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed that a vote of confidence was passed on President Buhari but that there was no motion on the adoption of the president for second term.
“The motion that was put was after the Minister of Agriculture had briefed the NEC about the activities and achievements of his ministry. One of the NEC members said we should move a motion passing a vote of confidence on Mr President. There was no formal motion moved on the issue of second term for Mr President.
“Somebody in the crowd shouted that we should move a motion and we don’t even know that member. But the motion that was formally moved was that NEC should pass a vote of confidence on Mr President and that was after the brief given by the Minister of Agriculture, especially when he said that by 2018, Nigeria will have no need to import a single grain of rice. That is the context and I need you to understand that very well.
“The only discussion or conversation on 2019 was the activity of the party in 2018, especially the issue of convention. It was agreed that since we have all these activities lined up, including the mini convention, congresses and elective convention, a small team be set up to put dates to these party activities up to 2018. There was no discussion about election of 2019 or who will be the party flag bearer. The committee will decide when all these activities will take place. The NEC also passed absolute vote of confidence on [Chief John Odigie] Oyegun and the NEC.” [myad]