OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a group under the platform of Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN) has purchased Nomination and Expression of Interest forms for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The nomination form cost N40 million while the Expression of Interest form is N5 million.
With the purchase a day after the APC leadership made public the primary time tables and the cost, President Muhammadu Buhari happened to be the first to obtained such form.
The group which was received by the Comrade Adams Oshiomohle led National Working Committee (NWC), came in hundreds to the national secretariat of the ruling party.
Speaking on why the group decided to purchase the forms on behalf of the President, NCAN’s National Coordinator Sunnsi Musa, said the President is not a multi-millionaire cash wise, “but he has millions of supporters who are always ready to come together to pay for his nomination form.
“Mr. Chairman, it is my singular honour and rare privilege to present to you a cheque of 45,000,000 (Forty F ive Million Naira) as payment for the expression of interest and nominationforms 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 and there is need to consolidate on the gains so far made.
“We have no doubt that Mr. President has both in action and word being working, laying foundation for 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; Nigeria has assumed its leadership role in not just Africa but the world.
“Today, Mr Chairman, 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 monolithic 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.
“Mr. Chairman, for the first time since the return of democracy, Nigerians have a President who can beat his chest and state that he has not stolen from the purse of government. We have a President who is not having meetings at night to strike shady personal deals but rather is ensuring that every agreement entered into by Nigeria is in the interest of the country and for its generations unborn. This has indeed boost the eoniidence of imestors hence the increase in flow of Direct Foreign Investment into the country.
“Looted funds are being recovered and ploughed back to developing our country’s deficit infrastructure.
“Mr. Chairman almost a million farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Programme are benefiting from low interest loans that they accessed without “chua chua”. 500 000 previously unemployed graduates are now employed under the NPower Scheme; 400,000 extremely poor families are receiving 5,000 Naira monthly and that is changing their lives. Over 8 million children are being fed daily in our public schools across the country.
“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.”
The leader of NCAN said his group can not fold it hands while the foundation laid by the President to be destroyed by another person.
“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 and purchase the expression of interest and nomination form for President Buhari as he presents himself to our party members to be chosen as its candidate for the 2019 general election. Our members from the various villages, local governments and states have contributed to making this happen.”
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