Malam Garba Shehu, a presidential
spokesman, in a statement in Abuja, said the APC leaders made the
promise at a meeting held on the margins of the President’s state visit
to Kano on Thursday.
He said that the leaders adopted
President Buhari as their candidate for the 2019 general elections,
saying they also expressed commitment and support to Gov. Abdullahi
Ganduje as their sole candidate for 2019.
According to him, the State Chairman of
the APC, Alhaji Inuwa Abbas, hinged the endorsement of the president on
his achievements in the last two years, especially in the fields of
security, the war against corruption and the restructuring of the
Abbas said: “Security is important for
everyone, not just for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. ‘‘It’s even more
so for us as a commercial and industrial state.
”We are convinced that you are best for
these times when the country has begun to muster energy and resources to
develop agriculture, infrastructure and empower the younger
On a humorous note, Gov. Ganduje said
the party was prepared to drag the President to court to force his
acceptance of the second term ticket.
In his response, Buhari said he
understood the clamour by the ordinary people on the streets who raised
four fingers on each arm, ”meaning four-plus-four”.
He, however, stressed the need to sanitise party politics by ridding it of vote buying and violence.
“What I saw in the elections in Kogi,
Bayelsa and Rivers, the use of money and those headless bodies really
upset me. I don’t wish to see that anywhere.
“I would not have won if money and killing was the modus operandi. That is my view of politics,” the president said.
Shehu stated that, “President Buhari did
not say he accepted, nor did he decline to accept the endorsement in
his speech even after the party leaders promised to procure the
nomination forms for him and threatened to sue if he declined the
“The President merely beamed with smiles
and went on to underscore the need for unity in the party and among the
diverse peoples of Nigeria.’’
The APC stakeholders meeting was
attended by Gov. Ganduje, his deputy, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar, the state
Chairman and the members of the state executive committee and members of
the National Executive Committee of the party from Kano State.
Also in attendance were two of the
state’s senators; members of the House of Representatives from the
state; the Speaker and 34 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of
Assembly and the 44 party chairmen, their deputies and the local
government area secretaries of the APC. Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa
and other leaders of the party in Jigawa also attended the meeting.(NAN)