President Muhammadu Buhari has urged governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders to help him in picking his successor.
The president said this during his meeting with governors elected on the platform of the ruling party at Aso Rock on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Ahead of the party’s forthcoming presidential primaries slated for June 6, and 7, Buhari said the outcome of the event should prove the positive quality of the APC to the world.
The president said as he began the final year of his second term in office, he realised the need to provide stronger leadership to the APC to ensure that the party not only remained strong and united but also retained power at the center.
He said, “The processes for the 2023 General Elections have commenced in earnest and I note that the most successful political parties globally have always relied on their internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to achieve bigger electoral fortunes. Our party, the APC, shall not be any different, more so as we are still implementing the blueprint for a more prosperous nation.
“As I begin the final year of my second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of the party, I recognize the compelling need for me to provide stronger leadership to the party under this transition process and to ensure that it happens in an orderly manner.
“Such leadership is required so that the party remains strong and united. It is also needed to improve our electoral fortunes by ensuring that it retains power at the center, hold the great majority in various legislative chambers and also gain additional number of states.
“In keeping with the established internal policies of the party and as we approach the convention in a few days, I wish to solicit the reciprocity and support of the governors and other stakeholders in picking my successor, who would fly the flag of our party.
“In a few days, the party will be holding its Convention during which primaries would take place to pick the Presidential flagbearer for the 2023 General Elections. This is a very significant process and its outcome should prove to the world, the positive quality of the APC regarding democratic principles, culture as well as leadership.”
Apart from Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who was represented by his deputy, Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, the meeting was attended by all governors elected on the platform of the APC as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.