By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged his full and unwavering support for former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement isssued on Thursday by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari congratulated Tinubu for securing victory at the special presidential convention/primary, stressing the need for all members and leaders of the party to leave behind the hostilities that came with the primaries and unite for victory.
The President noted that by working together as united a team behind the flagbearer, APC would be able to stabilise to provide the platform on which Progressives could deliver desired goods to Nigerians.
“Having emerged victorious he has our full and unwavering support.
“Now our party must unite behind our candidate to achieve victory at the 2023 elections so that our government will continue to secure our communities, grow our economy and continue the fight against corruption.
“During the primaries, there were factions and disagreements amongst the contestants and now that the process has ended we must build a united front in our party.
“In this way, the APC will remain the party that can best deliver on the priorities of the Nigerian people. Now it is time to put the process behind us.
“Because what we can all agree is that the APC remains the party that can best deliver on the priorities of the Nigerian people. But the way to demonstrate that we can get on with this job is to unite.
“The movement we created in 2013 is beyond individuals. Together, we made history by becoming the first party in our country’s history to unseat a party in power and propel our candidate into the Presidency through a peaceful democratic transfer of power.
“We strongly believe that Bola Ahmed Tinubu will safeguard and improve on this democratic achievement and legacy. He is the right candidate for Nigeria’s aspiration because he is the APC’s candidate and under the continued stewardship of our party. Nigeria can achieve greatness and fulfill its destiny in Africa and the World.
“The high point of this extraordinary convention of our party was the energy of the Presidential aspirants and it is from amongst them that we have chosen the most popular leader.
“I recognise and commend the enthusiasm and self-confidence amongst our party men and women.
“I also thank the delegates for making the right decision leading to the emergence of our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” the statement read.