Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, says that the Kano State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday adopted Mr. President as their candidate for the 2019 presidential elections.
The Kano State APC who also adopted Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as their candidate for 2019 governorship election, threatened to sue President Buhari if he declines their endorsement.
According to Shehu, Buhari in his speech did not say whether he accept or not, adding that he only smiled and went on to underscore the need for unity in the APC and in Nigeria.
Alhaji Inuwa Abbas, the Kano State APC Chairman, said that their endorsement was on his achievements in the last two years particularly in the area of insecurity, anti-corruption and also economy restructuring.
“Security is important for everyone, not just for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. It is even more so for us as a commercial and industrial state. We are convinced that you are best for these times when the country has begun to muster energy and resources to develop agriculture, infrastructure and empower the younger citizens,” Abbas said.
Governor Ganduje also noted that if Buhari refuses to accept their endorsement, he will be dragged to court in order for him to accept by force.
Mr. President however noted that he understood the clamour by the people on the streets who raised four fingers on each hand, “meaning four-plus-four”.
He however noted that there is need to sanitize party politics by ridding it of vote buying and violence.
“What I saw in the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers; the use of money and those headless bodies really upset me. I don’t wish to see that anywhere. I would not have won if money and killing was the modus of operation. That is my view of politics,” Buhari said.