Aisha Buhari urges APC members to stand firm on party’s constitution

Cyril Okonkwo, Lagos

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Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called on members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Nigeria to stand firm and ensure that members of the party are appointed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s next cabinet.

Mrs. Buhari stated this at the victory luncheon, organized in Lagos by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, for all those who contributed to the success of APC in the 2019 general election.

“I will also ask members of our party, that is the stepping stone for any elected person in Nigeria, to make sure that we stand firm and make sure that we operate within the guidelines or constitution of the party. 

“In this administration we have some members of the cabinet that are not card-carrying members of our party. 

“This time, the party has to be very firm to make sure that all the cabinet members are card-carrying members, and not only that, they should be known party members, who are very active in their locality.”

Mrs. Buhari recognized the work done by various individuals and groups towards achieving success for President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo at the polls.

She listed those who made contributions to include the zonal women leaders, youth groups, artistes and singers from across Nigeria.

“Your significant contributions are appreciated and as the president promised women and youth would be engaged in the second term.

 “I therefore call on you all not to relent in our collective duty in making the next level a reality.”

The president’s wife paid glowing tribute to Mrs. Osinbajo “for standing in for me during the campaign when I was in a bed rest.”

According to Mrs. Buhari the victory of the APC at the election showed the confidence Nigerians have in President Buhari and his Vice to drive progress of the country.

“This success is a result of the firm belief Nigerians have in the ability of this administration’s developmental agenda to take us to the next level. 

“It also calls for the president and the vice president to continue to build on the foundation of the good work they started.”

While expressing gratitude to God for saving the lives of President Buhari, her son, Yusuf, and Vice President Osinbajo, Mrs. Buhari said she would remain committed to promoting the socio-economic and political advancement of women through her pet project, the Future Assured Programme.

In his remarks at the event, Governor-elect of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who represented the National Leader of the APC and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, commended Mrs. Buhari for setting up the Women and Youth Team of the Presidential Campaign Council, which contributed a lot to success of the party.

Earlier in her opening speech, Mrs. Osinbajo expressed gratitude to God for protecting President Buhari, who crisscrossed the 36 states of Nigeria, canvassing for votes during the electioneering and for making the vice president come out unscathed in the helicopter crash that occurred during the campaigns.

Omolayo.A