Former head of state and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has given a hint on how the party’s candidates in next year’s general elections , including that for the presidency, will emerge. Buhari, in an interview with Premium Times, said the approach will be grassroots-focused. Buhari hinted that the party is minded to ditch the delegate system, which gives wealthy aspirants the chance to buy their way at party conventions.
” We are trying to kill the delegates system, we are going to do direct primaries. We will start from the ward and come up. The convention will just be to ratify it. So even for those who have so much money, there will be no delegates to buy. The people will have their way. And that is how our candidates, including that for the presidency, will emerge,” he told Premium Times.
Buhari has contested the presidency thrice, losing as many times. In 2003 and 2007, he contested on the platform of the defunct All People’s Party. In 2011, he flew the flag of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. Both parties have since meshed into the APC.