Politics, Seat of Power

Let’s put our house in order to avoid disappointing Nigerians – President Buhari urges APC leaders

Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigerian military ruler and presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) speaks during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos February 19, 2011. Buhari, the main opposition candidate in Nigeria's presidential election, said he was optimistic it would be a more credible race than in the past but warned events in north Africa showed people would no longer accept a rigged vote. Picture taken February 19, 2011. To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/  REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja urged leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to work hard to quickly resolve internal differences in the party and avoid disappointing Nigerians.

Addressing members of the National Executive Committee of the APC, President Buhari warned that having won the battle of the last general elections, the APC now runs the risk of losing the “war” for party unity and internal cohesion.

The President affirmed his belief in the supremacy of the APC’s Change Pact with Nigerians over the personal ambitions of its members.

“As human beings, we are not perfect, but let us do our best to  eventually win this ‘war’ so that we can get on with the urgent task of delivering on our electoral promises to the nation,” he said.

Tracing the history of the APC from pre-merger talks to electoral victory, the President urged APC members to put their personal ambitions aside and resolve their current differences for the good of the party and the nation.

The APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had earlier told the gathering that President Buhari opted to attend the NEC meeting at the APC Secretariat, rather than host the parley at the Banquet Hall of the State House because he wanted to raise the spirit of party members with his presence at the secretariat.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun added that the party had focused its change agenda around President Buhari’s person during the campaign “because of his reputation and integrity.”

“Your charisma and cult-like following facilitated what can be called  a landslide victory at the Presidential election,” he told the President.


Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 3, 2015




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