11th December, 2014
Jamiu Yisa, Kazeem Ugbodaga & Henry Ojelu
All Progressives Congress Governors, Delegates and party chieftains have started arriving at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, southwest Nigeria in readiness for the third national convention and presidential primaries of the party.
Among the dignitaries at the event venue is Senator Chief Bisi Akande, Kayode Fayemi, Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, Senator Abdullah Adamu, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Tony Momoh, Senator Abba Ibrahim, Femi Gbajabiamila, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Lagos State deputy governor Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Babafemi Ojudu, Ibrahim Geida, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Osun State Speaker, Najeem Salam amnong others.
Others are Borno State Speaker, AbdulKareem Lawal, Senator Tahir Mamman, Senator Bindo Umar Jubrila, Akeem Abiodun Munir, Samuel Adejare, AbdulRasheed Abiodun Mafe, AbdulKareem Jubreel, Akeem Bamgbala, Samuel Adejare as well as delegates from the 36 states.
Information reaching our correspondents has it that the convention will commence proper anytime from now.
Meanwhile the former Head of State and Presidential aspirant of the APC, General Mohammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s current “multiple crises” prompted his presidential ambition.
In a letter he addressed to the delegates at the convention, Buhari said that insecurity, corruption, and economic collapse have brought the nation low.
He stated his ambition was not to fulfil selfish desires, pledging that he would evolve a new Nigeria where Christians and muslims would be secure and safe to practice their respective religions.
The letter read in parts: “We seek a new Nigeria. It starts with us. It starts today. I have placed myself before you seeking your help to nominate me as your standard bearer for our progressive party, APC.
“Personal ambition does not drive me in this regard. I seek to be the next president of our beloved nation because I believe I have something to offer Nigeria at this time of multiple crises. Insecurity, corruption, and economic collapse have brought the nation low. Time is past due that we work together to lift Nigeria up. I am ready to lead Nigeria to its rightful future.
“I have always served Nigeria to the best of my ability. I have always tried to give more to the nation than it has given me. This is the principle of service that has guided my public life. Thus, I am not a rich person.
I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or Naira to purchase your support. Even if I could, I would not do so. The fate of this nation is not up for sale.
“What I will give you, and this nation is all of my strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people. What I can give you is my all.
“I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want to democratically govern it with your help. I seek a Nigeria where Christians and Muslims may practise their faiths in peace and security; a Nigeria that is just and where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behaviour and a Nigeria where our diversity could be used for our national prosperity.”