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President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he refused to pick his successor after he was given a list of 30 candidates to choose from.
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he refused picking his successor after he was given a list of 30 candidates to choose from.
He stressed that Senator Bola Tinubu emerged as the All Progressives Congress, APC, flagbearer through a transparent primary election, noting that if he had decided on a candidate, his decision would have affected Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who also vied for the number one position.
Recall that Senator Abdullahi Shehu, the APC National Chairman, had announced Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, as the consensus candidate, barely 24 hours before the primary. He stated that President Buhari backed the choice of Lawan.
However, a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as having rebuffed the claim in a meeting with the Northern Governors’ Forum in Abuja.
President Buhari shed more light on the issue when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, at his palace in Katsina.
He said: “We are doing our best and I hope that our efforts will be a blessing. There is nothing more important than peace and because of that those who are instigating insecurity whatever their reasons, we pray God will give us more wisdom to tackle them.
“I was given a list of 30 aspirants to pick from; most of them were my ministers and governors. So, who will I choose or support? One of the governors even came to see me and asked who we should choose.
“But if I do that, it would affect my vice president because he was listening to our conversation. I then told them to choose who they want. So, they elected Tinubu as APC presidential candidate.
“I hope that the way they (APC) conducted their congress where they elected the party’s National Chairman, the presidential candidate and how the presidential candidate picked his running mate – I hope the forthcoming (2023) general election will also be peaceful. I hope God will help us to conduct the general election peacefully.
“May God help us to overcome the problem of this country. But if Nigerians know the condition that other African countries are in, they will thank God for the situation in Nigeria. We are doing our best and hope that God will give us more wisdom to continue to help and serve our people”.