APC – No more endorsement of candidates from Abuja – President Buhari says

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that no candidate would be endorsed for elective positions from Abuja.

Buhari spoke on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, while completing the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership revalidation exercise.

President Buhari was accompanied by members of the caretaker committee of the APC, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, governors and other party members.

The president noted that the objective of the exercise was to ensure that the party was returned to the people at the grassroots.

“No more crowning from Abuja downward. Let the people know this and appreciate it that they are in charge of their constituencies and the party.’’

He blamed the elite for not being “reflective” enough to know how his administration had strived hard to bring the country out of the woods.

“When we came to power, we gave out money from the centre to pay salaries. But the Nigerian elite are not interested in rating the competence, they are interested in harassing us, even with all the efforts we are making.

“You who are in the field in charge of your constituencies have to make efforts to convince the elite to please give us the due relevance and respect we deserve. We are working very hard with limited resources,’’ he said.

He further noted that the presence of the Senate President and governors who accompanied him to his constituency for the exercise was a moraler booster. He also said that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, the chairman of the APC’s Caretaker Committee, is the most suitable person for the leadership of the party, having served as secretary for a long time before becoming governor.

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