Senator Mohammed Sani-Musa‘s bid for the national presidency of the All Progressives Congress, APC, received a boost after Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello‘s endorsement ahead of the ruling party’s national convention on February 26.
The governor announced his support for Mr. Sani Musa when he hosted the National Assembly state caucus led by Deputy Head of Senate Sabi Abdullah, who came to formally introduce him to the national presidential candidate.
Elated by the show of solidarity among members of the state National Assembly towards upgrading Mr. Sani-Musa’s aspiration, the Governor described the lawmakers’ support as the right thing to do.
He said: “Preferably from the center-north, I want someone from the state of Niger. Home is home. I wish success and luck to my brother. I will do everything he can within my limited power and resources to make sure he gets what he wants.
“I call on everyone to support my friend (Sani Musa) because he is a senator and I think he will give the party a good direction. We will do what we have to do to make sure that we succeed in what we want.”
The governor also emphasized the need to reach out to party leaders and members across the board, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the party’s national leader, noting that it will require support not only from the state but from all stakeholders. .
He explained that the election of a national president “is not a decision only of the state of Niger, it is the national president, not the president of the state of Niger.
“We have a national leader who is the president. He must be consulted before we make a decision. I feel like we’ll check him out and see what he has to say. We will put them in prayer and I wish them the best.”
While presenting the candidacy for the presidency, Mr. Sabi said that they were at the governor’s office to seek his solidarity in making Mr. Sani-Musa’s ambition a reality at the party’s upcoming national convention.
He said, “One of us, Senator Sani Musa, is running for our party’s national championship seat. We feel the time has come to come home, meet our party, seek an audience with you (Governor) as the leader of the state to present our aspiration and seek your support, advice and everything to make it successful.
“We are here to appeal to them to be owners of this process and project. The state needs to appropriate this aspiration because it does not do it for itself, it does it for the state. Seek their blessings, support, and wise advice.
“We want to see an organized and focused match. We are here to say that Sani Musa is running for the position and we are here to seek his blessing and take the project as his project.”
Previously, Mr. Sani-Musa said that his decision to seek to lead the party was based on the need to give the party a new leadership opportunity and build a party that will prepare and develop leaders at all levels of the party for the growth of the country’s democracy.
“My reason for opting for the national presidency is not unreasonable. I want to provide leadership that can work with the party’s manifesto and be able to show Nigerians that we are capable of making this democracy. We can demonstrate a type of energy that we can do as well as the US does.
“If you look at Africa today, Nigeria is the largest democracy and we must be the shining example for others. APC today is the largest political party in Africa and we must have coherent leadership, leadership that has cohesion, that will give Nigerians the best quality of government,” she added.
The presidential hopeful said he was not bothered by the variety of contestants.
He argued that “the background and experience of each one of us will be used and the delegates will see who is worth what.”
All the members of the National Assembly of the state were present both in the state secretariat of the party and in the Government House.