President Muhammadu ?Buhari has appealed to members of All Progressives Congress (APC) to drop their differences and influences both in the party and the country, in order for the party to achieve its campaigns manifestos of addressing security, economy, employment and corruption, reiterating, “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
This is even as the leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu rubbished the remarks coming from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other Nigerians that the Buhari administration was too slow, saying the government could not clean the 16-year ?mess of the PDP in 30 days.
?President Buhari, ?who hosted the party leadership to Ramadan fast at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, went down memory lane of how the party surmounted many obstacles to dislodge the PDP, urging that it was important for the members to lay aside their differences and unite for the sake of the country.
Buhari?, who commended Tinubu for his support and words of encouragement, said it was important to reflect on their journey in order for them to appreciate how lucky they were as members of a political group.
“I always like to go down memory lane to show how lucky we are as a political group.
“At no stage was the decision taken by chance, it was all deliberate. The leaders of the parties felt the only way to wrest power from the PDP was for us to come together. I, in particular, was scared after previous failures of the elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“We dissolved our various parties to form APC, then we applied to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for once, I was grateful to INEC. We had gone with nine people to INEC to apply and INEC advised us that we needed at least 25 people across the country to form a political party. We went back, raised 35 members across the country and then successfully registered the party. INEC then informed the Federal Government that we have met the requirements hence we cannot be denied registration. Many doubting Thomases said merger has never succeeded in Nigeria but here we are.
“I went into this long explanation so that you will appreciate how far we have come and for a society as ours, if we respect the constitution, then all the greed and problems will be a thing of the fast.
“We should just look at Nigeria as Nigerians, no matter the level you are, drop your influence so that we can help achieve the manifestos – security, economy, employment and corruption because if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. We have to ensure that people we bring forward are those that will move the society forward.”
Tinubu described the APC as the Armoured Personnel Carrier, saying it represented the diversity of Nigeria, saying:
He thanked Buhari for the opportunity of breaking fast with him by bringing together people from various background regardless of religious affiliations.
He said: “We believe this diversity will continue to propel us for economic growth under your leadership.”
“This is the first Ramadan after the election, we thank God for cutting down the opponents 60 years of fake promises to 16 years.
“I heard they say we are slow. Yes, we did not campaign to be fire fighters, but planners and meticulous one at that. A latrine pit of 16 years cannot be cleaned up in 30 days because the mess is much.
“Mr. President you started well, you hit the ground running. You promised Nigerians that you will address security and your first meeting to ECOWAS was on security because we cannot fight alone.
“You have been to others places, if they think is a game of ludo, we will say is serious business. If they forgot G7, we will remind them.
“We have faith in you Mr. President, we have faith in your capacity and uprightness. I am here filled up and not fed up.
“We promise to continue to be with you and support. ?No matter what they are saying, we are not re-running the election until four years time.
“We pray to God to give us four more years of this month and pray to Him to forgive our misdeeds, and for peace and stability in the country.
“Mr. President, your hands are on the plough and you will succeed,” he said. -The Sun