President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, July 16, stated in Daura, Katsina State, that the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate was totally democratic and a reflection of the wishes of party members.
Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari’s media aide, revealed this in a statement.
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Buhari explained during a homage to the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman;
When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) signaled parties to elect their presidential candidates, we had 30 aspirants, mostly ministers in my cabinet and governors.
I told each of the aspirants to go and do their best. One particular governor, in his wisdom, came to meet me and asked who they should vote for at the party convention, checking if I had a preferred candidate.
There was no need for interference, knowing the competence of all the aspirants. They went and elected Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and he picked his running mate, Sen. Kashim Ibrahim process in choosing our candidates for the 2023 elections. I am praying that we will have peaceful and successful elections.
President Buhari thanked Nigerians for their support of the APC in 2015 and 2020. He also noted that he had a rich experience in the presidential elections of 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015, visiting all 774 local councils and 36 states.
He further stressed;
They say he who wants to serve should be ready for the responsibility of leadership. Three times I wanted this position and three times, I ended up at the Supreme Court. For that reason, in terms of experience, I have gathered a lot. I visited 774 local councils in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
I feel privileged that Nigerians elected me in 2015. Since then, we have been doing our best to tackle the challenges, with God helping us. We are not alone. If only we knew what other countries in Africa are passing through, we would be grateful to God and protect our country. Other African countries are passing through a lot.
As leaders, we are doing our best and will keep doing our best to improve the situation. I am praying that the Almighty God will give us more strength and wisdom to protect our people and fulfill our promises of ensuring wellbeing.