President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced his intention to vie for the 2019 presidential election.
He made his intention known at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Council of the
All Progressives Congress (APC).
Below Is His Full Remarks
I am delighted to welcome you all to this very important meeting in the affairs of our
party and our country. I want to specifically thank members of the Technical Committee for a job
well done within the limited time frame.
It shows a great sense of commitment to the ideals of our party with a view to
consolidating and positioning the party to continue delivering good governance in
the overall interest of Nigerians.
With the present state of the party and based on the report submitted by the
Technical Committee, It is important to focus on how to move the party forward by
avoiding actions detrimental to the interest of the party. Considering that politics is a game
of numbers, we must not be a house divided against itself and must try to note,
appreciate and accommodate our differences as far as the law permits.
Upon my review of the Report, my position is to ensure that the party tows the path of unity,
legality and cohesion and not that of division.
Therefore, I am stressing that we should strengthen our internal democracy by organising
the Party’s Congresses and Convention where election of National Executive Committee members
would be held. This will automatically end the cases filed by members seeking orders of Court
compelling the party to hold its Congresses.
I also believe that the current executives should be free to vie for elective positions in the party
if they so wish as permitted by our Party constitution.
However, considering the provision of Article 31(1)(iii) of the APC Constitution which requires
any serving officer desirous of seeking re-election to resign from office 30 days before election,
I am not sure of the practicality of present serving officers’ ability to meet this condition.
Accordingly, the party may consider granting waivers to party executives at all levels so that
they are not disenfranchised from participating in the elections should they wish to do so,
provided this does not violate our rules.
Necessary waiver(s) should also be extended to executives at the Ward level whose tenures
may have elapsed, and indeed to anyone knocking at our doors from other political parties.
This is in the spirit of the Right to Freedom of Association guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
In this circumstance, the party should officially issue a statement on the above Waivers
so that our house may be full. We all must not be ignorant of the times,
and the journey that is ahead of us.
Just like our party symbol; “the Broom,” which typifies strength in unity,
let us strive to remain united in our purpose. Victory is sure by the Grace of God,
and together we must continue to sanitize Nigeria’s political environment.
Once again, I welcome you all to this meeting with the hope that we will,
in our deliberations today, conduct ourselves without rancour and promote the highest interest
of the party and the nation.