President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished the All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants that failed to pick a ticket in the just concluded primaries to emulate from the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who despite couldn’t retain his second term bid, still remain with the party.
The number one citizen of Nigeria stated this, through his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, when he congratulated all winners of the APC primaries last week across the country while also appealing to those aspirants that lost not to dump the party.
“In every competition, someone has to win and someone has to lose, but those who lost should not abandon the party or lose their enthusiasm for the advancement of the party,” the president said.
“The larger interest of our party is greater than our individual ambitions, and we should therefore work together for its success, despite our losses.’’
“In politics, we shouldn’t lose hope permanently because tomorrow could present another opportunity for us to contest again and win.’’
Furthermore, the statement said the president advised the losers “to always put the party first because we are in it together to serve the country, and I am always proud of our members who demonstrate sportsmanship and a good party spirit.”
“I also enjoined the winners to show grace in victory instead of mocking the losers, as such action is capable of destroying party unity and cohesion. The tent is large enough for us.”
“I advise winners to “see their positions as a public trust instead of abusing their mandates to amass personal wealth at the expense of the ordinary voters who voted them into power.’’
By Augustine Akhilomen