Thursday, 13 September 2018


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to return members of the Peoples Democratic Party, whom he described as “those who brought Nigeria to its knees from 1999-2015” back to power.

 Buhari said this while submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress at the National Secretariat of the APC, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Although the President did not expressly name the PDP, it was the ruling party from 1999-2015.

The President explained that he was at the party secretariat to seek nomination to contest the Presidential election in 2019.

He said:

“I am here to put my name forward to seek nomination to contest the presidential election in 2019. I am taking this step as a sense of responsibility and the unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians.

“I am grateful to individuals and organisations that have contributed funds for me to buy the form. I assure them and the rest of Nigerians that if nominated and if elected, I shall continue to serve you to the best of my ability. Let me appeal to party members not to be complacent, but to mobilise and strategise to win the 2019 elections. We must not allow those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back.”

In response, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, after welcoming the President, said the party under his leadership was putting in place mechanisms to strengthen the party’s democratic credentials.

In its reaction, the PDP described the more than three years of President Buhari’s stay in power as disastrous, saying Nigerians would not allow him to ruin their future.

According to the PDP, the President does not portend anything positive for the country and its citizens, wondering why he keeps on piling debts for generations unborn.

Source: Punch

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