2019: Presidency thanks Nigerians for support, expresses optimism

Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Presidency has thanked the media and Nigerians, for contributing positively towards the sustenance of democracy in the country.

It also says it is confident that President Muhamamdu Buhari will secure a second term of office next year, when Nigerians go to the polls.

Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated this on Monday while briefing State House Correspondents.

Speaking on the back drop of recent bye elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi States, Garba Shehu said the victory recorded by the governing All Progressives Congress APC is a clear indication that the President will win again.

He said: “About the fabulous shows of the APC in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi, and even to some extent in Cross River States, all of these are coming against the background of Ekiti State.  It is clear that elections after election, Nigerians are reposing confidence in the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidency. Each of these election victories is considered to be epic in nature because none of these elections was an ordinary election. We are happy that we have won and on behalf of the President and the Acting President, we like to say thank you to Nigerians who continue to repose their confidence in the leadership of the APC administration.

We also want to thank the leadership of the party at the national level, but equally important, to thank all the party’s apparatus deployed to all the campaigns and ensured that all the elections were won handsomely by APC. So, we are expressing our gratitude to everyone for these that had happened and to say that with this increasing confidence reposed in the President and the Acting President, who are determined more than ever before to leave no stone unturned in order to bring the promised change to Nigerians.”

He highlighted some lessons that can be learnt from the successes recorded by the APC in the bye-elections.

“For a quick review, maybe one, two, three or four lessons can be taken from the victories that the party has been recording. First of all is to say that these decisive victories are indications that clearly, Nigerians have spoken that President Buhari maintains his momentum; that these victories the place Buhari/Osinbajo Presidency in very good stead for next year’s election; it is a statement of the fact that the APC will go into election next year with every confidence that the elections will be won and that Nigerians by this statement, will also  say that they no longer have time for politics of insult and diversion, mudslinging and ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’ politics of the PDP, and equally important is that these election victories are a clear message to the National Assembly that all that Nigerians are interested in is that the business of government should go on. 

“That Nigerians are saying that they are not interested in the drama; they are not interested in the grammar, the subterfuge and all of the games that are being played in the National Assembly,” he stated.

Appeal to Legislators
The Presidential Spokesman used the opportunity to appeal to the National Assembly to reconvene and pass the 2018 supplementary budget, to enable government deliver more democratic dividends to the people.

He said: “I think it is appropriate this time to appeal to the National Assembly to be on the same page with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration so that we can deliver on all of these things. They are urgent matters that need to be attended to including matters of shortfall in money supply for the execution of the budget.”