Stay faithful to your country, hold fast on integrity, Buhari urges APC Aspirants

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President Muhammadu Buhari, middle, as he hosts to Dinner Members of APC Aspirant Forum in State House on Tuesday 30th October 2018. Sitting with the President, Left to Right, are: Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu and Chairman of Aspirant Forum Hon. Bashir Mohammed. Standing from left are: House of Representatives Aspirant from Oke Ogun, Ogun State, Hon. Lateef Olawumi, among others.

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*Says “Nigeria needs our sacrifices for a better future”

*Embittered over unfair treatment meted to some aspirants

*Enthuses providence will pave way for sincere politician truly wanting to serve

*Says future of Nigeria will be salvaged by only who love Nigeria

*Meeting organized to address grievances, fall out from APC primaries – Malami

*May my leader, President Buhari succeed, MBO South West Coordinator, Lateef Olawumi, says after meeting

By BASHIR ADEFAKA

 

President Buhari told the aspirants that “those who mismanaged the resources of the country are still very much around, with incredible wealth’’, warning the aspirants to be vigilant and circumspect in making choices as the future will only be salvaged by those who love the country. He pointed out that in spite of all efforts to appease everyone and give them a chance at the polls, some aspirants were still not treated fairly. “I urge you to stay faithful if your objective is to serve the country. I came back to power in this “agbada’’ to convince Nigerians to make sacrifices that the country needs now for a better future,’’ he added.

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged political party aspirants who lost out in the recently concluded primaries to remain faithful to the country and hold fast on integrity as, according to him, there will be more opportunities to serve along the way.

President Buhari proving a point to the Aspirants at the dinner.

Speaking at a dinner, Tuesday night, with All Progressives Congress (APC) Aspirants Forum at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said the primary motivation to contest elections should be to improve the country, and not for pecuniary reasons.

“We must maintain our faith in the country,” he told the coalition of party members who contested the primaries.

According to a statement posted on the Facebook wall of his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he contested presidential elections three times before coming to power in 2015, adding that providence will always pave the way for the just, committed and patient politician who wants to truly serve the country.

President Buhari told the aspirants that “those who mismanaged the resources of the country are still very much around, with incredible wealth’’, warning the aspirants to be vigilant and circumspect in making choices as the future will only be salvaged by those who love the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari with, L-R: Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SGF Boss Mustapha, Hon. Farouk Adamu Aliyu and Chairman of Aspirant Forum Hon. Bashir Mohammed as he hosts to Dinner Members of APC Aspirant Forum in State House on Tuesday 30th October 2018.

“I spoke with the APC party chairman almost every other day, at least for an hour during the primaries. And sometimes, we met for two and half hours on ensuring internal democracy during the primaries,’’ the President said.

He pointed out that in spite of all efforts to appease everyone and give them a chance at the polls, some aspirants were still not treated fairly.

“I urge you to stay faithful if your objective is to serve the country. I came back to power in this “agbada’’ to convince Nigerians to make sacrifices that the country needs now for a better future,’’ he added.

In his remarks, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the meeting was organised to address grievances and fallout from the APC primary elections across the country.

The minister said it would be unfortunate to allow the grievances overshadow the challenges before the country, assuring the aspirants that the government would assuage their yearnings to serve the country.

Cross section of the participants during the meeting.

Malami said the aspirants should work collectively with the President in building the party and setting up a framework that would ensure healthier relationships and better internal democracy.

The leader of the APC Aspirants Forum, Hon. Yusuf Banki, said the network of 7,000 members will work to ensure President Buhari’s victory at the polls in 2019.

In the meantime, after the meeting he also attended, Coordinator of Muhammadu Buhari Organisation (MBO) Organisation in South West of the country, Hon. Lateef Olawumi, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a


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