The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the party’s convention has been revealed.
In a statement titled, ‘We must display positive traits of APC at our convention, President Buhari charges governors,’ Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, reported the outcome of the meeting.
During the discussion, President Buhari urged APC Governors to make decisions that would allow the party to remain in power.
The statement runs as follows:
“The preparations for the 2023 General Elections have begun in earnest, and I’ve seen that the world’s most successful political parties have always relied on internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to gain more electoral success.”
“Our party, the APC, will not be any different, especially as we are still putting in place the roadmap for a more wealthy country.”
“As I enter the final year of my second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as the party’s leader, I recognize the pressing need for me to provide stronger leadership to the party during this transition process and ensure that it proceeds smoothly.”
“Such leadership is necessary to keep the party strong and united.” It is also necessary to improve our electoral fortunes by ensuring that the party retains power at the federal level, maintains a large majority in various legislative chambers, and gains new states.
“The party will have its Convention in a few days, during which primaries will be held to select the Presidential Flag Bearer for the 2023 General Elections. This is a very important procedure, and the outcome should demonstrate to the rest of the world the APC’s positive qualities in terms of democratic values, culture, and leadership.”
“Allow our interests to converge, our emphasis to remain on the changing dynamics of our environment, the demands of our residents, and the global community,” the President urged the Governors.
“Our goal must be for our party to win, and our candidate must be someone who will instill a sense of victory and confidence in the Nigerian people even before the elections.”
Buhari promised the governors that the consultation process would continue until all aspirants and stakeholders were brought on board, and that any worry caused by various circumstances would be adequately managed, “and that our party emerges stronger.”
Atiku Bagudu, the Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, spoke on behalf of other Governors, saying that the party must build on the victories of its recent elective convention and primaries.
He also challenged the party to “produce a candidate who will follow in the footsteps of Mr. President’s patriotism and devotion for the country.” We will work with you, Mr. President, to ensure a successful convention.”