President Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will decide who succeeds him comes 2023.
President Buhari, who is in his 2nd term, is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election and will leave office after the conduct of the general elections in two years. On Thursday, while fielding questions during an exclusive interview on Arise TV, the 78-year-old said his party has already begun plans to ensure his legacy continued beyond 2023.
He said, “About succession, what this admin can do is to make sure APC lasts beyond this administration.
“We have started registration from ward, to local government and to the state level; so that APC can know how many of them there are state by state and local government by local government so that by the time this administration goes, the legacy can continue.
“And that is the best way to go for the party and for the country.
Buhari said the APC will be the sole deciding factor on zoning and succession plan, adding that all party members will be involved in the decision making.
He said, “Shouldn’t we allow the party to decide, I just told you that we started from bottom to up.
“And I gave the acting chairman at the end of this month June (they asked for an extension) for them and the committee to give me the report by the end of the month on the convention they are going to conduct and then arrange general elections until 2023. All the elections.
“And we start this from bottom up, so that members of the party will be sure they are involved in decision making.
“Nobody is just going to sit in Lagos and ask them what to do. This is what we are arranging.
“Succession plan depends on the party. The party will sit and make its decision by the constituencies they won.
“So those who want to be president better join APC.”
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