By Innocent Iwara
The All Progressive Congress (APC) is one one term in office and complacency is said to have set in, something that cost the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the presidency.
President Muhammadu Buhari, while submitting his form, begged members of his party to shun complacency if the party must secure victory in the 2019 general elections.
The APC has deployed security agencies in states where elections have been held, and sent the investigative agenvies after the opposition, and this may have gladdened the hears of party members into thinking that the fight would be cheap.
Now, the president thinks complacency was dangerous. He made the plea while submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, shortly after which he took to Twitter, via his verified handle (@MBuhari), announcing the submission.
He further called on party members to prepare and strategize for the election in order not to hand the country back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which he described as “those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015.”
His full statement reads:
“I am here in person among friends and colleagues to put my name forward to my party, the All Progressive Congress, seeking nomination to contest the presidential elections next year, 2019.
“Fellow party members, I am taking this step with all sense of humility and responsibility and an unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians.
“Am very grateful for those dozens of organizations who have joined together and contributed funds to purchase these forms. I assure them and the rest of Nigerians that if nominated and elected, I shall continue to serve you to the best of my ability.
“Let me today appeal to party members not to be complacent but to prepare, strategize and win in 2019 elections. We must not allow those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back.”
It can be recalled that following the APC’s announcement of sale of nomination forms between September 5 and 10, on September 5, a group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN), allegedly bought nomination forms for the president at the stipulated price N45 million.
Meanwhile the party’s presidential primary is scheduled for September 20, while governorship primaries would come on September 26.