President Buhari has appealed to members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) not to be complacent but to prepare, strategise and win 2019 elections, to prevent the Peoples Democratic Party from taking Nigeria backwards.
He made the appeal at the APC national Secretariat Wednesday in Abuja while submitting his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the presidency in 2019. Although Buhari did not mention PDP in his short speech, the reference was unmistakable as he referred to those who ruled Nigeria between 1999 and 2015.
President Buhari while submitting the forms, said; “I m here in person among friends and colleagues to put my name forward to my party, the APC, seeking nomination to contest the presidential election in 2019. I am taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians. Let me today, appeal to party members not to be complacent but to pre,strategize and win 2019 elections. We must not allow those who brought the country to its kneels from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back”.
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman used the opportunity to present to President Buhari his new party membership card. He also told the president that the APC under his leadership, took advantage of modern technology to come up with a new membership data base, saying that the party currently has 15.6 million registered members.
“Today to talk about the size of our party, the largest party in the world and in Africa, we need to have evidence that can be verified by a third party or by members. We have taken advantage of technology to produce what I believed is the best or the first in Nigeria. We now have as at last week when they started printing of membership register, about 15.6 million registered APC members across the country “he said.