Former military ruler, Gen. Muhammad’s Buhari (rtd) has emerged winner of the All Progressive Congress (APC) national convention to elect its presidential candidate held at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos. Buhari polled 3430. Votes to beat top contenders like former Vice President Alhaji Abubakar Atiku who polled 951 votes. and Kano state governor Rabiu Kwankwaso with 974 votes. By this Gen. Buhari will be the party’s flag bearer to face President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential election slated for February 2015.
The result had been predicted by many to fa our Buhari who has the support of most governors. The convention however started gathering momentum around 9 pm yesterday when delegates where welcomed to the rally by APC Governors who moved round the stadium.
Earlier Gen. Buhari said he is seeking to be the president of Nigeria because he has something to offer especially at this time when security challenges facing the nation.
In a letter he addressed to the delegates at the APC convention yesterday, he said insecurity, corruption, and economic collapse have brought the nation low.
Buhari also urged the party’s delegates not to be motivated with money in the choice of the party’s presidential candidate, noting that the fate of Nigeria is not for sale.
He said he seeks to be the next president of Nigeria because he believes he has something to offer the nation at this time of multiple crises and therefore promised to serve the country with all his strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people.
“As you gather for our convention, please remember that history, change and the hopes of Nigeria are there with you. They are there to ask you to perform according to your best judgment and patriotic conscience. I also ask you to do the same.
“We seek a new Nigeria; it starts with us. It starts today. I have placed myself before you seeking your help to nominate me as your standard bearer for our progressive party, APC.
“Personal ambition does not drive me in this regard. I seek to be the next president of our beloved nation because I believe I have something to offer Nigeria at this time of multiple crises.
“Insecurity, corruption, and economic collapse have brought the nation low. Time is past due that we work together to lift Nigeria up. I am ready to lead Nigeria to its rightful future.
“I have always served Nigeria to the best of my ability. I have always tried to give more to the nation than it has given me. This is the principle of service that has guided my public life. Thus, I am not a rich person. I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support. Even if I could, I would not do so. The fate of this nation is not up for sale,” he said.
Stressing the need for the party delegates to elect him as APC presidential candidate, Buhari promised to govern Nigeria democratically, if elected as next President.
His words: “What I will give you and this nation is all of my strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people. What I can give you is my all. I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want to democratically govern it with your help.
“I seek a Nigeria where Christians and Muslims may practice their faiths in peace and security; a Nigeria that is just and where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behaviour and a Nigeria where our diversity could be used for our national prosperity.
“Nigeria is our home; let us now turn it into the great nation we know it can and should be,” Buhari said.