• Thu. Jul 7th, 2022

    Political Talk Today

    Political talks and news

    2023: Details Of Buhari’s Meeting With APC Presidential Aspirants Emerge

    By

    Jun 5, 2022

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night met with presidential aspirants under the All Progressives Congress, at State House, Abuja.

    Buhari during the meeting charged the presidential aspirants to meet and pick a consensus candidate ahead of the party’s presidential primary.

    He further stated that the meeting with the presidential aspirants is a continuation of the ongoing consultative process aimed at picking a presidential candidate for the party.

    The media aide to the president, Femi Adesina in a statement quoted the president saying, “Looking at this assemblage of personalities and considering your rich pedigree of accomplishments in life, I have concluded that our party, the APC, is rich in human resources and also that our nation is blessed with capable people that can successfully steer the ship of state into the future.

    “I must salute your courage and your selfless spirit, in volunteering to serve in the highest office of the land.”

    “Our party, the APC, has won two successive presidential elections in 2015, first when we were in the opposition and 2019 when I sought re-election. Both processes were achieved through unity of purpose, strategic alignment, consultation, fairness, determination and effective leadership. In both instances, national and party interests were overriding factors in our deliberations and decision-making.

    “The 2023 General Elections are fast approaching in a global, regional and national environment that is constantly changing and challenging. This demands that our party should become more aware of the changing environment, be responsive to the yearnings of our citizens, re-evaluate our strategy and strengthen our internal mechanism so that we would sustain the electoral successes.

    “I am pleased to note that the party, recognizing the significance of all these demands, has over time developed several democratically acceptable processes and policies, that promote consultation, internal cohesion and leadership to facilitate victories at the polls.”

    The President recalled the consultation he had held with stakeholders “that would help the electoral fortunes of our party, beginning with the State Governors. This is the second in the series and I still look forward to meeting with party stakeholders. These steps are being taken to ensure that the unity and cohesion of the party are sustained and to provide direction.

    “Amongst other things, I reminded the APC Governors of the need for the party to proceed to the 2023 Presidential elections with strength, unity of purpose and to present a flag bearer who will give Nigerians a sense of hope and confidence, while ensuring victory for our party. I extend a similar reminder to all of you distinguished aspirants.

    “Given these circumstances, I charge you to recognize the importance of the stability and unity of the party, which cannot be overemphasized.

    “Similarly, I wish to remind you that our choice of flag bearer must be formidable, appealing to the electorate across the board and should command such ability to unify the country and capacity to address our critical challenges.

    “Ahead of the Convention, the party machinery has screened and found all aspirants eminently qualified. Recognizing this fact, the Screening Committee has, amongst others, recommended that consensus building through consultation, be intensified.

    “Without prejudice to your qualifications, I urge all of you to hold consultations amongst yourselves and with the party, to build a consensus in a manner that would help the party reduce the number of aspirants, bring up a formidable candidate and scale down the anxiety of party members.”

    He called for the support of stakeholders until the presidential candidate of the party is chosen, Buhari said, “until we successfully choose the candidate that will fly the flag of our party for the presidential elections and make the party stronger. I seek your support in this all-important responsibility.”

    This article was originally published on Naija News

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.