APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun

Oyegun also said the party’s convention will be postponed till the President returns to Nigeria.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun has said that President Buhari will be given an automatic ticket by the party to run for the 2019 election.

Oyegun also said that Buhari’s government has performed very well, adding that his stand against corruption is part of the APC change agenda.

The APC chairman also said what is most important, is for Nigerians to pray for the President.

He also debunked reports of a frosty relationship between the presidency and officials of the APC.

According to ThisDay, Oyegun said “The thinking that ‘will he be president in 2019’ is really not doing any good, his need today is good health. When we get to 2019, it is for him to decide if he wants to run or if he doesn’t want to run and to consult the party on his decision.

 “If he wants to run good and if he doesn’t want to run the country isn’t bereft, the party isn’t bereft of capable hands.

“Why build bridges if there is no river to cross? Why don’t you wait until you come across a river then you build a bridge. With all due respect, for what it stands for, what is critical today is that our prayer is our good Lord will restore the president to robust, good health; that is the first thing.

“But the prime thing that he will be considering today isn’t to think of 2019. It is to have his health fully restored and I am sure he will give anything just to have his health restored. Let’s terminate it at that point; when 2019 comes we will deal with the issues that arise.”

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“I have done a lot of things with the president in the past. I have known him from the civil service days; I have known him from the military head of state days. I was one of his close aides. So let them enjoy themselves and pose for photograph. That isn’t the issue. The issue is that we communicate and the relationship is cordial,” he said.

Oyegun also said the party’s convention will be postponed till the President returns to Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

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