President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday disclosed that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will be fully in charge of the 2019 APC Presidential Campaign Council. This is aimed at avoiding any bottleneck in his re-election campaign.
This remark was made by Buhari during the inaugurating of the Campaign Council, for which himself and Tinubu are co-chairmen.
The President urged all the leadership of the campaign, including the field operations, the campaign trail and the Secretariat to consult with Asiwaju Tinubu whenever guidance is needed.
He said: “Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to task us all because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country.
“But I must also add that, though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and is going to be on 24-hour vigil.
“That is to say, the operational buck of this campaign stops at his table, and I, therefore, urge all of us in the leadership of this campaign, in the field operations on the campaign trail and in the secretariat to consult with Asiwaju whenever guidance is needed.”
The President implored the Council leaders to resist being provoked, remain focused and civil in the campaigns.
“Let us engage our citizens on issues and ask for reflection on the comparative difference between 2015 and 2019 on security, economy and corruption and abuse by those entrusted with leadership in Nigeria.” he said
Buhari also acknowledged the sacrifices and contributions of all stakeholders who have endeavored to keep the APC united and making the APC governance successful.
“I urge members of this formidable team to always keep their eyes on the ball, which is the success of our party at the polls. I wish to appeal to all members to be guided by the enduring vision behind the formation and sustenance of our party, which is anchored, on sacrifice and imperative to salvage and stabilize our great and promising nation.”
He appealed to all members, especially those who are in the campaign council, to unite and cooperate and ensure a smooth operation.
He added: “Needless to add, Directorates could co-opt on full or part-time basic persons who could add value to our campaign and help us to attain success.
“To my mind, the division of responsibility is clear enough. The Leadership that has formulated the campaign policy will supervise its execution; the Director-General will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the campaign, including field operations; while the Secretary will be responsible for all administrative and treasury-related activities of the council.”
The President also congratulated all APC men and women seeking election and those who are running on other political platforms.
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