The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on Nigerians to be rest assured that its presidential running mate will be chosen within the context of the best democratic ideals, just like that of its presidential candidate.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday, the party urged Nigerians to ignore the widespread and misleading reports in the traditional and social media about the choice of the APC presidential running mate, saying the party has yet to even meet, not to talk of picking a running mate.
Reports have been rife in the media that the search for a running mate to the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has been narrowed down to Governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and erstwhile governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
In response to the rumors, Mr. Mohammed described them as unnecessarily sensational, downright speculative and totally misleading.
“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
The party said every one 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.