👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
President Muhamadu Buhari has said that the 2023 elections must be inclusive and the All Progressives Congress, APC, must involve its members in the selection of party candidates.
President Buhari 78, who attended the party’s registration and revalidation drive, taking place around the country, noted that the idea of imposition of candidates will need to stop.
In 2019, a former chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole was accused by many leading members of the party of imposing his own candidate on the party.
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Mr Oshiomhole, who was later suspended by the party, deliberately withheld the APC ticket from Godwin Obaseki in 2020, causing the governor to decamp to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where he won the election with a wide margin.
President Buhari, who is currently in Daura, Katsina, note that the imposition within his party will need to stop. He explained that members must truly engaged by party leaders, so they know that power really belongs to them.
“No more crowning from Abuja downward.,” he said: “Let the people know this and appreciate it that they are in charge of their constituencies and they are in charge of the party.
“Without any incentive they must come out and defend the party at any level so that we, you and the party will feel secure and comfortable because the old time of putting hands in the pocket is over because the money is no longer available.”
The president, who was elected twice on the platform of the ruling APC also noted that he wished to charge the country’s elite to be fair in how they criticised his civilian regime.
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He said: “the problem is that I will like especially the elites to please be reflective. When we came, where we were, the resources available and the condition of the infrastructure.”
“I was contrived to go over it several times to tell Nigerians that between 1999 and 2014, let them check with the NNPC, let them check with the governor of Central Bank, production was 2.4 million barrels per day and the average cost was $100 per barrel.
“So for a year’s daily production, Nigeria would earn having 2.4×100 dollars everyday. But look at the condition of infrastructure, you know this better than I do.
“I know I went to every local government of the country in my three consecutive attempts to become the President. You know the road more than I do. You know the condition of the rail, the railway is dead. Now look at it everywhere we go, what did they do with all these monies?
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“When we took over the administration, production went down to about half a million barrels per day, the price collapsed. We had to do what is called a bailout, wherever we got the money from.
“Upon all the money from 1999 to 2014 we gave out money from the Centre to pay salaries.
“No, Nigerian elites are not interested in rating the competence but they are interested in harassing us with all efforts we are making.
“You, who are in the field in charge of your constituencies, you have to make efforts to convince the elites to please give us the due relevance and respect we deserve that we are working so hard with limited resources.”