President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for members of the All progressives Congress APC to ensure that credible and exemplary primaries are conducted in preparation for the forthcoming general elections in 2019.
He made this statement on Thursday while speaking at the National Executive Committee Meeting of the All Progressives Congress APC which held at the party secretariat in Abuja
President Buhari said that political activities and strategies including the conduct of the Party’s primaries must be duly conducted according to the constitution of the country so as to ensure its credibility.
“As we stand at the threshold of party primaries, I urge all and sundry to ensure that we play the game according to the rules. Let us come out with free, fair, and credible primaries, which will be precursor to free, fair, and credible General Elections next year. Let us shine the light through our primaries, and the rest of the country will find the way”
“Our primaries must be in complete compliance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Electoral Act and above all the constitution of our great party, APC.”
Speaking further, he also noted that despite the turbulent times and defections experienced by the party in recent times, APC remains strong, united and resolute in its bid to win extensively in the forthcoming elections
“Despite conciliatory attempts to keep the house together, some members were hell-bent on pulling down the roofs. They left, plotting to go along with scores of people, thus upsetting the applecart. But due to yeoman’s work by the new party leadership, the exit barely made a dent in our superstructure, as they could not muster the figures they had envisaged to cause an upset, particularly in the two chambers of the National Assembly. APC remains in control, and increases by the day, with quality people joining our fold”
According to him, his administration has and will intensify its efforts in improving lives of its citizens through its programmes and policies while ensuring that all campaign promises remain fulfilled.
President Buhari also reiterated his call for unity, harmony and togetherness saying “Let us all join hands to move the party forward. We must take our party to the next level, and I urge all and sundry to give support to our National Working Committee”,he said.