A Group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN) on Wednesday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat purchased the expression of interest and nomination form, which the party fixed for N40 million for President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the presidential election during the 2019 general polls.
Also, a businessman from the South East, Ben Mudibe, paid N5 million for the nomination form simultaneously.
President Buhari, the first aspirant to indicate interest for the Presidential position, was however absent during the purchase.
The APC released the timetable for the party primaries and amount for its nomination and declaration of interest forms on Tuesday at the party Secretariat in Abuja as directed by the National Working Committee (NWC), approved by National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Presenting the bank cheque to the party National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the coordinator of the group, Sunusi Musa, said that the aim of the group is that President Buhari should seek a second term as well as ensure that he emerges victorious in the 2019 general election.
He said, “The President started laying a foundation for a better Nigeria and there is need to consolidate on the gains so far made.
For these reason, we are calling on the President to seek re-election in order to consolidate on the good work he has been doing by building on the foundation he has laid for a prosperous Nigeria.
“It is my singular honour and rare privilege to present to you a cheque of N45million as payment for the expression of interest and nomination forms for President Muhammadu Buhari.”
According Musa, the group embarked on the project based on the recognition that the President has started laying a foundation for a better Nigeria, saying that there is need to consolidate on the gains so far made.
“We have no doubt that Mr. President has both in action and word been working to lay a foundation for a greater and prosperous nation that our generation and future generation will be proud of.
“Under his administration, Nigeria has become a country sought after for investments in the world and has assumed its leadership role in not just Africa but the world.
“Today, Nigeria‘s moribund infrastructure is being revived, there is no state In Nigeria that does not have several major Federal Government infrastructure project either completed or being executed under President Buhari.
“We have a stable and steadily growing economy that is departing from the monotonic oil dependence: agriculture is now an attractive venture as farmers are becoming multi-millionaires, Nigeria is now an exporter of agricultural products as opposed to what it was three years ago.”
He noted that for the first time since the return of democracy, Nigerians have a president who could beat his chest and state that he has never stolen from government’s purse.
He added that President Buhari was not among presidents who meet at night to strike shady personal deals.
He added that President Buhari was poised to ensure that every agreement entered into by Nigeria was in the interest of the people and the country and its unborn generations.
This, he added, had indeed boosted the confidence of investors into the country and the inflow of direct foreign Investment into the country.
He said, “Looted funds are being recovered and ploughed back to developing our country’s deficit infrastructure.
“Almost a million farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Programme are benefiting from low interest loans and 500, 000 previously unemployed graduates are now employed under the NPower Scheme.”
He also noted that 400,000 extremely poor families were already receivig N5,000 monthly stipend while over eight million children were being fed daily in public schools across the country as promised by the Buhari-led administration.
“Today, and for the first time in our history, we have a government that is honest and sincere in investing in the poor, the masses and the underprivileged.”
Musa maintained that his group could not fold its hands and watch while the foundation laid by the Buhari administration was destroyed by some other persons.
“We cannot afford to destroy the future of our children. The foundation laid by President Muhammadu Buhari must be reinforced.
“It is for this reason Mr. Chairman, we have decided to pull our meagre resources together to purchase the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for President Buhari as he present himself to our party members to be chosen as its candidate for the 2019 general election,” Musa added.
Oshiomhole, while receiving the group, thanked its members for the gesture and for believing in President Buhari and the APC administration.