How Buhari became the popular choice

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  • Promises to govern Nigeria according to the rule of law

 

By JAMES OBUTE

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigeria Head of State penultimate last week emerged the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and set to confront incubent President Gooluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2015 general elections.

 

Buhari  defeated four other aspirants to win the ticket by polling 3,430 votes at the party’s national convention held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos from 10-11 December.

 

A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, scored 954 votes while Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State got 974 votes. Governor Rochas Okorocha scored 624 votes while the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda- Isaiah, got 10 votes. Sixteen votes were considered invalid and were therefore voided.

 

A total of 7,214 delegates were accredited to vote at the convention attended by the leaders of the opposition party. Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the Feb. 14, 2015 presidential election, in acceptance speech promised to govern the country in accordance with the Nigerian constitution if elected.

Mr. Buhari made the promise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, in his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the party’s presidential primary.

 

The Chairman of the APC National Convention Committee, Kayode Fayemi, who declared the results of the primary, said Mr. Buhari polled a total of 3,430 votes to defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who got 954votes. Mr. Fayemi said Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State scored 974 votes, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo 624 votes while Mr. Sam Nda- Isaiah, the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, polled 10 votes.

 

Mr. Buhari, after being declared winner, said: “I understand there are challenges ahead. I promise that my administration will govern Nigeria in accordance with the constitution.’’ He promised to put in place a government that would realise a new Nigeria and put the country on a level where it would be respected more in the international community.

The APC presidential candidate promised to give priority to agriculture, healthcare and creation of wealth as well as enhance the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle corruption.

 

Mr. Buhari, who described his victory as a great triumph of democracy, called for the support of all Nigerians. “I need your support, I need your help to become the President of Nigeria in next year’s presidential election. I see this as an opportunity to rescue the nation from joblessness, poverty and to tackle all its challenges,” he said.

 

He commended the convention committee and leadership of the party for conducting a hitch-free programme, saying that the outcome of the primary was a testimony that “democracy is at work”. Mr. Buhari also thanked other aspirants for accepting the outcome of the election and promised to work with them during electioneering.

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