…scores 14. 8m in direct primaries
By Mary Amodu
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has affirmed the candidature of President, Muhammadu Buhari with 14,842,072 votes from party members 14. 8 million in direct primaries earlier conducted in all states and the FCT.
Buhari was affirmed as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections on Saturday night by delegates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja during the APC National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Kano state has the highest votes of 2,931,255 followed by Lagos with 2,217,722 votes with FCT having the lowest with 54,128 votes of mandates collected from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
Kayode Fayemi, Chairman of the Election Sub Committee of the National Convention who announced the results said Buhari scored a total of “14, 8402, 072 votes in the direct primaries”.
Fayemi noted that the procedure met the requirements of the Electoral Act and APC Electoral guidelines while the delegates made voice affirmation of the results from their respective states.
Giving his acceptance speech, President Buhari who was full of gratitude for the gesture reiterated some of the achievements of the party. ” I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Chairman and members of the Convention Committee for planning and conducting this convention. The same appreciation goes to the chairmen of National and State Executive Committees of our party. Thank you very much for doing a difficult job well”
” I would like to pay tribute to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande the first chairman of our great Party and to Chief John Oyegun who led the party until this year and all the APC governors “.
According to Buhari, “the results of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress this time is different because I am the only candidate. I thank all other eligible candidates who deferred to me in the interest of our party’s unity and over-all national stability”.
Speaking earlier, the national chairman of APC called for constant payment of civil servants, lamenting that he does not know how governors sleep when they have not paid their workers, stressed that salaries are not paid out of pity.
He also charged President Buhari to direct state governments to pay salaries when due. ” I call on Mr. President to encourage all State governors to pay the salaries of their workers because that is what differentiates us as progressive governors from the then conservative governors” he stated
Oshiomhole stated that so far the party’s primaries conducted across States have been peaceful however disclosed that only 29 governors out of 36 have emerged governor ship Candidates.
He stressed that the party would organise a symposium for policy dialogues to move the party forward to enable assignment on the performance of the party.
Similarly, Governor Ajimobi, Chairman of the Convention Committee in a welcome address, urged Nigerians to vote Buhari and APC in 2019 general election as both the President and APC remain the antidote to underdevelopment and bad governance in the country.
In attendance were the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, along with Members of the National Working Committee while APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu and John Oyegun, the immediate past National Chairman of the party.
Most APC Governors including Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Mohammed Gaidam of Yobe, Kashim Shettima of Borno and Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna led delegates from their respective states to the convention.
Furthermore, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives led Members of both Chambers of the National Assembly to the convention while Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha in company of Ministers have also attended the convention.