President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the future of the country will be in safer hands if the the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu emerges president in 2023.
Buhari said this at the unveiling the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and the Action Plan of the party’s presidential candidate in Abuja on Friday.
The President who described Tinubu as The Jagaban, his friend and brother affirmed that he will be at the forefront of the campaign of the APC, seeing to it that Tinubu emerges victorious in the poll.
According to him, Tinubu has the capacity, visionary leadership and track record to consolidate on the achievements of his administration to pilot Nigeria to greater heights.
He said, ”It would be disastrous to allow a situation that will lead to the reversal of the progress our country has made. Let me add that I joyfully accept the position of the chairman of the campaign council we are unveiling today.
“Our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is too well known for his capacity and can-do spirit. He stands tall in his track records as a democrat, a champion of the rule of law, a man at home in every part of our country, and a truly visionary leader. All you need to do is think of Lagos in 1999 and 2022!
”I, therefore, want to assure all party members and supporters of our government that I will be at the forefront of this campaign.
“This election is even more important than the election of 2015 that brought us into power. The cost of losing the gains our country has made is much more than the need to stop the haemorrhage that led to our coming together nearly nine years ago.
”I want to charge every member to put in all their efforts during the next four and half months of campaign to ensure we record a resounding victory in all our elections nationwide. The future of this country is safer in our hands, ” he said.
Buhari stated that the occasion is important to him as it marks the third time the party will be unveiling its manifesto as the ruling party
He also stressed that it will also be the first transition to a new administration within his two-term mandate.
“First, it is significant to note that this unveiling is the third by our Party. I have had the opportunity of unveiling two Action Plans. I had the privilege of presenting our party’s manifesto of Change in 2014.
”It was a manifesto that signposted our collective desire to arrest the directionless journey our country was headed under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The second time was in 2018 when I unveiled the Next Level agenda of our government.
”The second reason this occasion is significant is that we are having our first transition within our party where I am in the last year of my two-term mandate, and we have a new candidate to lead our party into another Presidential election.
”The events preceding our Presidential primaries and the conduct of the primaries were important milestones in the development of our internal democracy and party politics.
”I must congratulate the leadership of our party, other stakeholders, and the entire party members for the success of the exercise. We can say with confidence, that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is charting a steady course in our journey towards enthroning lasting democratic culture in our body polity.”