The Member representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, has disclosed that there is a consensus within the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari by the party ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The lawmaker made the disclosure in an interview published by Leadership on Saturday.
Jibrin, who backed the purported consensus, said he would be “jittery” if Buhari is not adopted as consensus candidate.
He said, “Personally, I think if the APC would be presenting another candidate other than President Muhammadu Buhari, I would have been a bit jittery but there is this consensus within the party and we are just waiting for the timetable just to do the formalities and adopt Buhari as the candidate.
“With Mr. President as the candidate of the APC, we are not threatened by all the people leaving the party.”
He hailed the party’s decision to choose former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole as its National Chairman, adding that the chairman’s performance since coming to office has justified the confidence reposed in him.
Jibrin said, For so many reasons, we are so lucky that we have Comrade Adams Oshiomole as the chairman of the party.
“He has been doing extremely well. He has been reaching out to everyone, holding a series of meetings, and persuading people to stay.
The chairman and the National Working Committee of the party, the president and all our leaders in the party have been able to keep within the party.”
He further described the gale of defections hitting the party as normal during a general election period.
According to him, five governors within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are working in a “cross-party arrangement” to support the APC.
Jibrin said,”During election period, these problems are normal. It is not unique to APC alone, as that was the case in 2011, 2007, and 2015.
“All the time, when there is a buildup to the general elections you have these kinds of problems. To say that the APC would disintegrate or crumble is absolutely false.
“As people are going, people are also coming in. But because it is news that people are leaving the ruling party, they make it a big news. A lot of other people from even the opposition are coming in. At the moment, not less than four to five PDP governors are working in a cross-party arrangement, working to support the APC.