Why I met with governors and other APC stakeholders – Buhari


Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has lauded the process of conversations that have taken place so far in order to choose a universally acceptable presidential standard-bearer for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He made the assessment during a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress's National Advisory Council on Sunday night at State House in Abuja.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, captioned 'APC set for 3rd straight victory since 2015,' he claimed the series of discussions were to guarantee the party was well-positioned to win its third straight victory since 2015.

The President stated that the conference was called to provide leadership and direction during the transition phase, and that the goal was to "strengthen our unity and focus on improving our electoral fortunes."

"I am sure that the conclusion of our conversation with the National Advisory Council will assist to cement the positive democratic values, practises, and culture that currently exists within the party structure, in addition to sharpening our emphasis," he added.

"I am pleased to inform you that those meetings were fruitful and indicative of a party that is prepared and marching towards a third straight victory at the presidential polls since 2015," I said. "I am pleased to inform you that those meetings were fruitful and indicative of a party that is prepared and marching towards a third straight victory at the presidential polls since 2015."

"I underlined the crucial roles consensus building and consultation have played in the survival of successful political parties around the world, stressing that our party should not be an exception," Buhari said at the meeting with governors and hopefuls.

In light of the preceding, I also stressed the importance of bolstering our unity, stabilising our internal coherence and system, and presenting a formidable Presidential candidate capable of uniting the country and meeting our issues.

"The party apparatus has also evaluated all of our presidential candidates and discovered that they are all prominent persons with a wealth of experience, capacity, devotion to service, and life accomplishments. This gives us a lot of hope, but it also comes with its own set of problems."

In the circumstances, he said, the party leadership has recommended intensifying consultation and consensus-building to reduce the number of aspirants as the convention approaches on Monday, June 6, 2022, in order to avoid any post-convention acrimonies and also to reduce noticeable anxiety among members about the possible outcome of the process.

The President stated that in order to further assist the party's efforts, he has advised aspirants to consult among themselves and with the party so that the leadership's advice can be realised.

In addition, as members of the APC's National Advisory Council, the President acknowledges that they all have different interests, zones of influence, and expectations.

"You, too, have the collective potential to assure our success in the 2023 elections by bolstering the party's stability and unity."

As a result, my task and plea to all of you is to go out to your various spheres of influence and aggressively support the spirit of consultation and consensus-building so that the convention produces a powerful candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. Our citizens have high expectations of us."

President Buhari assured the governors and aspirants that he would lead the transition processes and ongoing consultations "until we successfully choose our candidate for the 2023 presidential elections and record our third straight victory, thereafter, by God's grace," as he did to the governors and aspirants.

Former Internal Affairs Minister and Senator, Major General Mohammed Magodo (retd), former Osun State Governor and first Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, and former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, spoke on behalf of the National Advisory Council (hitherto known as Board of Trustees) members, thanking the President for the consultative meetings and praising him for the great service he had rendered to the country, particularly in the arrears.

They were unanimous in their belief that the APC will win the presidential election scheduled for February next year, as well as the National Assembly, governorship, and State Assembly elections, with hard work and a united front.


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