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You are a true leader, you belong to everyone, writes Tinubu to Buhari

Deji Elumoye in Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, reviewed preparations for the party’s recent presidential primary convention which produced him as the party’s presidential flag bearer.

The former Governor of Lagos State (1999 to 2007) said President Muhammadu Buhari’s role ahead of the party primary showed he is a “true leader, brother and friend” who has shown of a “sense of purpose, composure and maturity”. In a letter to the President, which he personally signed, Tinubu expressed his gratitude for the President’s congratulatory letter, adding that while all the candidates expected President Buhari to “choose” his successor, he simply allowed for a level playing field.

According to him, “you belonged to everyone in the party and you did not belong to any of the individual party candidates.”
He congratulated the President on the successful conclusion of the Convention and assured him of a focused campaign leading to the 2023 general elections. The full text of Tinubu’s letter to the President reads: “Dear Mr. President,

“I extend to you my sincere fraternal greetings and congratulations on the successful conclusion of the Special Presidential Convention of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“On behalf of my wife, Oluremi, and my entire family, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the very special and personal letter of congratulations you sent me. I am deeply honored. Your words in this letter were reassuring. , invigorating and invigorating.” Your Excellency, one must admire the sense of purpose, poise and maturity you have shown in the weeks and months leading up to our great party’s primary elections. As aspirants and party leaders, we have pleaded with you all to ‘choose’ your successor.” Naturally, this is especially expected in African democracy. Until June 6, 2022, the day of the APC presidential primaries, all of Nigeria, me including, was waiting for you to announce your favorite candidate We all thought and believed that was a very simple question.

“However, it wasn’t until the primary went into the night and the candidates approached the podium and spoke that I fully and truly appreciated your stance and your stance of being neutral and non-aligned with the government. ‘one of us. As the first person to speak, I also had the privileged position of listening intently, without distraction, to what the other candidates had to say.

“As the hours passed that evening, it became clear to me that we were all your favorite candidates. As you captured well in your letter, the “spirit” of 2013 and 2014, when we created and built APC, was there for everyone.

“In your letter and in our many meetings over the years, you spoke fondly of the brotherly attitude of the days and months before and after the formation of the APC, when we all worked day and night to create, support and nurture our fledgling movements into a credible opposition party and eventually become the ruling party. That time, no one was talking about tribe; no one was talking about religion. That was not what motivated us. We were driven by a common desire to save and transform Nigeria.

“One by one, I watched as my colleagues and partners took to the podium, full of the same passion and patriotic zeal they had in 2013/2014, presenting their ideas on how to build on your successful legacy. Then, as now, we came from all parts of the country, all tribes and all religions. We all had deep and strong personal ties to you. We were together then and our links have remained strong until now.

“Mr. President, as the night of June 6 turned into the morning of June 7, I fully understood and appreciated your position. “You belonged to everyone in the party and you did not belong to none of the individual party candidates.” A true leader, brother and friend.

“Mr. Speaker, delegates from across the country have nominated my humble self to be their nominee. I must acknowledge that my nomination would not have become a reality without your support and that of party leaders across the country. Indeed, as I reflect on my political journey, most of the 2022 CPA presidential hopefuls, members of the Progressive Governors Forum, and leaders and members of the National Assembly have all had a part to play in my successes and accomplishments so far.

“I will be eternally grateful to them for shaping my political journey over the decades. I want to assure you that I will continue to work with them in the future. My emergence as a candidate is also a victory for them.
“I have met with most of them over the past few days and will continue these commitments as we plan for the general election. Mr. Speaker, APC is united and will remain united as we head into the general election.

“I have taken note of the message you sent to all presidential candidates during your address to the nation on Democracy Day on June 12, 2022. Our country is going through a very sensitive time and no one should put his personal desires above and beyond the peace and prosperity of the nation. As you said, the “message we set out above will be reproduced among our subscribers”.

At this point, I take this opportunity to assure Your Excellency of my commitment to campaigning on issues as we head into the general election. I will personally engage candidates from other political parties to encourage them to do the same. Voters should elect us on the basis of our policies, programs and projects. By the grace of God, we as candidates will avoid having divisive, destructive and disruptive campaigns.

“I will conclude by thanking you once again for being there for all of us. By the grace of God and with your leadership, guidance and support, I am confident that we will lead our great party, the APC, to victory in the February 2023 general election. We will ride on the back of your successes. We will build on the foundations of transparency and integrity that you have laid.

“Mr. President, together, side by side, in the spirit of 2014, we will win and Nigeria will move forward towards a progressive, peaceful and prosperous future.”