Former Senate Minority Leader, Ali Ndume has backed President Muhammadu Buhari over plans to choose his successor.
The Director-General of Rotimi Amaechi Presidential Campaign Organisation said the President’s decision to appoint his successor is democratic, lawful and not out of place.
Naija News reports that the President had appealed to the APC governors to allow him to pick his preferred successor ahead of the party’s presidential primaries on June 6.
Buhari made the appeal during a meeting with the governors and the National Chairman of the party at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
President Buhari during the meeting also called on All Progressives Congress governors to make decisions that would enable the party to remain in power.
In a chat with Vanguard, Ndume said there is nothing wrong with Buhari wanting to choose his successor or appoint his preferred presidential candidate.
The Borno lawmaker stated that there is no President that will not name his successor or be interested in who succeeds him after office.
According to the Senator, the governors were also allowed to choose their successors and were not opposed, so they should allow the President to do the same.
Ndume, however, said that he would be disappointed if the President was not interested in who should succeed him in 2023.
He said: “The call by President Muhammadu Buhari that he should be allowed to pick his successor is not out of place, it is Democratic and he was democratic about it. There is no President that will not name his successor.
”There is nothing wrong with Mr. President to support a candidate, it is now left for the delegates and even if all other aspirants listen to him and there is a consensus candidate, there will still be a voting process at the convention to get the two-third majority. There is nothing undemocratic about that. Barack Obama named his successor and he stood by him.
”I would have been disappointed if the President had left the issue open without being interested in who should succeed him. As he said, the Governors were allowed to name their successors, the President should be allowed to do the same. There is nothing out of place for the President to do that “
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