The All Progressives Congress (APC) last night at the Eagle Square, Abuja, affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate for the February 16, 2019 presidential election with 14, 842, 72 votes from the direct primaries held on September 29 across the country.
Buhari’s affirmation was done through a voice vote at a session led by the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Kano and Lagos states had the highest number of votes at the election with over 2.9 million and 2.2 million votes, respectively.
In his acceptance speech, Buhari highlighted some of his achievements since he came to power in May 2015 to include improvements in security and the economy, saying, “We are very proud of our record.”
APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole declared at the meeting that the party was ready for next year’s general election.
And in contrast to the confrontational mood of the last few days following the APC governorship primary election in Lagos, the governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, national leader and former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, and the governorship candidate of the APC, who defeated Ambode at the primary, Babajide Sanwo-olu, sat together, looking very cheerful and pleased. Ambode and Sanwo-olu were the cynosure of all eyes as they, contrary to expectations, walked into the convention ground together. They sat together along with the Ambode’s predecessor and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Buhari said, “We have arrested and checked the slide to anarchy on the security and economic fronts.
“Boko Haram is reduced to dastardly attacks on soft targets. Normalcy has returned to much of North-east and neighbouring North-west states.
“Our currency has stabilised. Our reserves are now $44 billion, a lot higher than we had in 2015.
“Power generation capacity has reached 8,000 megawatts against less than 4,600 when we came into office. As we invest in new power generation infrastructure we are strenuously working to address the legacy deficiencies and challenges of transmission and distribution networks across the country.”