The National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, (South South) Hilliard Eta, has declared that a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is no longer an option for the party in the 2019 presidential race.
Eta said he was one of those who canvassed votes for Atiku during the APC presidential primaries in 2015, revealing that his loyalty shifted to President Muhammadu Buhari after he became the party’s presidential candidate.
The APC chieftain said even the ardent critics of Buhari had been surprised by his performance.
He told newsmen that “Another cycle is about to come; and Atiku is no more an option for me because I think that the option for me now is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari, who has done remarkably well in keeping the promises that he made to Nigerians.
“Well, because of the sterling qualities of the President, because of the job he has done, the totality of the membership of the party may want him to go back without contest.
“What I mean is that those who may want to contest against him may join hands with him to build the country and have him only as both the aspirant and eventually the candidate of the party. It has happened in a lot of political circumstances around the world.” NAN