President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the governing All Progressive Congress (APC), to drop their differences and their influences both in the party and the country, in order for the party to achieve its campaigns manifestos of addressing security, economy, employment and corruption, reiterating “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria”.
President Buhari who hosted the party leadership to Ramadan fast at the new Banquet Hall at the Presidential Villa,on Tuesday went down memory lane of how the party surmounted many obstacles to emerge strong enough to dislodge the PDP, urging that it was important for the members to lay aside their differences and unite for the sake of the country.
Buhari who commended Tinubu for his support and words of encouragement said, it was important to reflect on their journey in order for them to appreciate how lucky they are as a political group.
“I always like to go down memory lane to show how lucky we are as a political group.
“At no stage was the decision taken by chance it was all deliberate. The leaders of the parties felt the only way to wrest power from the PDP was for us to come together. I in particular was scared after previous failures of the elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“We dissolved our various parties to form APC then we applied to INEC, for once I was grateful to INEC. We had gone with nine people to INEC to apply and INEC advised us that we needed at least 25 people across the people to form a political party. We were able to go back raised 35 members across the country and then successfully registered the party. INEC then informed the federal government that we have met the requirements hence we cannot be denied registration. Many doubting Thomases said merger has never succeeded in Nigeria but here we are.
“I went into this long explanation so that you will appreciate how far we have come and for a society as ours, if we respect the constitution, then all the greed and problems will be a thing of the fast.
“We should just look at Nigeria as Nigerians, no matter the level you are, loss your influence so that we can help achieve the manifestos – security, economy, employment and corruption because if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. We have to ensure that people we bring forward are those that will move the society forward”.