Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nasarawa, said President Muhammadu Buhari would not consult stakeholders if he wanted to impose a presidential candidate on the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sule spoke during an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Buhari met the APC governors at the presidential villa.
During the meeting, Buhari told the governors that the party’s presidential candidate must be someone who can connect with Nigerians.
“Our goal must be victory for our party and our choice of candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence even before the elections,” the president said.
Asked if he thought Buhari would impose a candidate, the Nasarawa governor said the president would engage in a series of meetings with party stakeholders ahead of the primary.
“It seems to me that everyone should think collectively and find the right person,” he said.
“I don’t think there will be a situation where the president just says ‘this is the person; take it or leave it”.
“If that’s what it’s got to be, he won’t invite people in for consultations and the like.”
Speaking about what the president told the governors, Sule said Buhari had discussed with them the qualities expected of the party’s presidential candidate.
“The President has clearly mentioned that our candidate who will be selected must be someone acceptable to Nigerians – someone who understands what APC is and after,” he said.
“He made it clear that this is someone who would go to all parts of the country and be accepted. We need to bring in someone who can win the election and support what the APC has done. That’s the definition exactly what the president said.
“If you’re looking for a name, the president didn’t mention a name, and nobody mentioned a name either.
“He told us about his dreams for president. The president said: “my dream of who will be the next president is this and I will consult with other stakeholders, not just the governors, the aspirants themselves , and at the end of the day, we must remain a united party ‘. I think it’s just the president’s dream.