President Muhammadu Buhari says Bola Tinubu, Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming election, loves Nigeria and the electorates should vote for him as the next president.
The president made the call at the inauguration of the presidential campaign of APC on Saturday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Mr Buhari added that he knew Mr Tinubu as a progressive and patriotic Nigerian in the last 20 years who had contributed a lot to democracy in the country.
He further said that Mr Tinubu had been tested and trusted in the position he held in the past and would replicate and improve upon if elected as president.
Mr Buhari also said that he would continue to campaign for APC and urged Nigerians and indeed his followers to vote for Tinubu as his successor in February 25 election.
The president also called on the people of Nasarawa State to re-elect Gov. Abdullahi Sule for a second term in office to consolidate on his achievements in security, employment, agricultural development and health, among others.
Also, Abdullahi Adamu, national chairman of APC, welcomed the president, presidential candidate and his running mate as well as other APC leaders to the Nasarawa State.
Mr Adamu said that Nasarawa State people appreciate the president for dualising the Keffi/Lafia road, building the Federal Secretariat, Central Bank and appointment of prominent sons and daughters of the state as heads and members of Federal Government agencies among many others.
The APC national chairman added that Nasarawa State and Nigerians would give Mr Tinubu, Mr Sule and other APC candidates votes more than the previous elections.
On her part, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, thanked Mr Buhari for giving women the opportunity to serve in prominent positions in his government.
The minister added that market women, farmers, youths and indeed the vulnerable had benefited immensely under the social investment programme of the government domicile in her office.
“No government in the recent history of Nigeria has invested in the women, youths and vulnerable like President Muhammadu Buhari,” she added.
Also, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and chairman of Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, who spoke on behalf of governors, said APC would emerge victorious in the forthcoming presidential election and win more states.
The chairman of the PGF used the opportunity and assured Nigerians that the hardship being faced due to due to fuel scarcity and redesign of the naira would soon end.
He said they have discussed extensively with the president and in the next few days opposition parties and those wanting to take political advantage on the situation would be put to shame.
On his part, Mr Tinubu, Presidential candidate of the party, restated his commitment to transform the country and reposition it for economic development if elected as president.
Mr Tinubu said that opposition parties and enemies of the country who want to see that there is crack in APC would wait in vane as the party remains united and stronger.
“APC is one and we will move together as one to victory in the forthcoming general elections by the grace of God,” he added.