1 President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), will bequeath strong political institutions that reflect their choices, through non-interference in elections.
2 Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement, said the president gave the assurance when he received members of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) led by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu, on Tuesday in Abuja.
4 According to him, non-interference in elections gives credence to the political processes, ensures participation and inclusiveness, and shows that the governing party respects the electorate.
6 “I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that, we will allow them to vote who they want.
7 “We all witnessed what happened in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.
8 What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding,’’ he said.
9 On the forthcoming 2023 elections, Buhari said ”government will also ensure that Nigerians don’t get intimidated, or humiliated by those in positions, or the more privileged.
10 “We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians.
11 We will not allow intimidation materially, morally or physically.
12 ”This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation.
13 “In six months, Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them.
He urged the party’s political leaders to intensity efforts in “thinking, meeting and strategizing for the 2023 elections.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the PGF thanked the president for his leadership, guided by wisdom and foresight, affirming that the Nigerian economy had been growing, in spite of the formidable challenges.
16 “We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy, with the 3.5 per cent growth in the second quarter, up from 3.1 per cent of the first quarter of this year.
17 ”Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country, and the social intervention programme is expanding,’’ he stated.
18 The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions.
19 He affirmed that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy, and reviewed their positions.
24 ”We note your instruction for the release of 40,000 tonnes of grains.
25 “We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft,’’ he said.
26 The PGF chairman told the president that some APC governors were contesting elections for the second term in 2023, with impressive records in their first terms.
28 We recall the appeal of the president to ASUU, while we were visiting Daura that they should consider the future of students.
29 ”We will not dwell on that now.
30 We are ready to accept any negotiations for resolution,’’ Bagudu added.