President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to all aggrieved members of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress APC to keep faith with the party as it finds solution to the challenges confronting the party.
He made the appeal on Saturday while addressing delegates at the National Convention of the party, at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
President Buhari said all members of the party are important and must work together, to ensure victory at the polls next year as Nigeria conducts its general elections.
“I want to assure everyone here that despite a few lingering issues with the congresses in some states, our great party will emerge stronger after this convention. The unresolved cases we have is the price we have to pay for success, as everyone wants to be associated with a winning team. I am imploring all those with grievances to keep faith with the party until we put things right.
“May I, therefore, appeal to all to put our great party ahead of personal considerations and to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith. You are all important to our party’s progress and all must come together to ensure success in the forthcoming polls so as to enable us to continue the good work we have been doing for our fellow Nigerians,” he said.
He used the opportunity to thank the outgoing National Executive Officer of the party for doing so well while in office.
He said: “I am using this opportunity to thank the outgoing National Executives of the party, especially those who will not be offering themselves for re-election at today’s convention for their tireless efforts in securing victory for the party at the last elections and managing the success thereafter.”
The Nigerian leader congratulated delegates of the party for their emergence as representatives of all members of the party across the country and commended them for the sacrifices they made to ensure that new leaders emerge for the party.
“I want to begin by acknowledging your presence and congratulating all our delegates who have emerged from the wards, local Governments and State congresses from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT gathered here today as the party’s highest ranking constitutional organ, to elect and usher in a new leadership for the party at the national level. I commend all the delegates from across the country for your sacrifice and patience, travelling all the way from your different destinations and waiting in inclement weather, as it has been raining all the day. Thank you for your commitment,” President Buhari stated.
President Buhari commended the APC for adopting consensus as the method for election of the new National Executives of the party at all levels.
He said: “The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones, and where elections are inevitable, I have been assured that the process adopted will result in clear and undisputed results. Again I am appealing to all contestants to keep faith with the party.”
While praising the Convention’s Planning Committee for a job well done, he said: “I have been following the preparations leading to this event and I must commend this Convention Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Badaru Abubakar for providing a level playing field and instilling confidence in both aspirants and delegates with their thorough approach and adherence to transparency.”
President Buhari congratulated the APC for successfully holding its 2nd National Convention and wished the elected National executives a successful tenure in office.
The Convention, which drew 6,800 delegates, was attended by Governors of the 23 APC controlled States as well as Ministers and other stakeholders of the party.