THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has ended its presidential campaigns for the February 25 elections, as it sets its sight on winning its second presidential election as a party.
On Tuesday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, venue of the grand finale, President Muhammadu Buhari, the party’s first president, looking resplendent in the party designed outfit, and with conviction said, “l hereby raise the hand of the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
With the party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, by his side, Buhari, probably remembering a similar event eight years ago, continued: “Congratulations, and l wish APC the very best of luck.”
AS the curtain fell on the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign in Lagos, the party’s first president, Muhammadu Buhari, looking resplendent in the party designed outfit, and with conviction said, “l hereby raise the hand of the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
The former governor of Lagos State, Tinubu, thanked Buhari for his support in his bid to succeed him as the next president of Nigeria.
He noted that he knows that whoever was going to succeed Buhari, ”he or she must work hard and follow the law.”
He continued: ”You followed all the procedures during the party primaries, as votes were cast, and l won.
“You did not ask them to reverse it based on my tribe or religion, or my being from your village in Daura.
“Leadership is for growth, independence of mind and capacity to perform, which you have always encouraged me to inculcate.”
Assuring the party that he would work hard if elected on Saturday, he promised to sustain democracy, while noting that: “I will renew the hopes of the hopeless and all the goals and agenda set in our manifesto will be fulfilled.”
Tinubu called on his followers to turn out in their numbers to vote for him and all other APC candidates, if they wanted him to become the next president of Nigeria as well as all other APC candidates.
The party National Chairman described the grand finale of the party’s campaign as symbolic, because the party “brought its presidential candidate to his state to cast his vote at his polling unit at the end of a tasking campaign.
“We have gone the length and breadth of the country and It is our hope that legacies built over the years by the administration will be built upon for the good of all.”
With the mammoth rally and APC bigwigs including the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and APC governors from Kogi, Gombe, Plateau, Ekiti, Niger, Ogun, Borno and former governors, Adamu noted: “The die is cast, and we pray that by Saturday, we will win and have the APC president sworn in on May 29.”
The incumbent governor of the state, Sanwo-Olu thanked Nigerians, especially the state residents for believing in democracy as he also urged the people to come out and vote for “our presidential candidate and all APC candidates.”
Other top dignitaries at at the rally were federal and state lawmakers, incumbent and former ministers, party leaders and members, First Ladies, senators and many other APC chieftains.