What Buhari, Atiku, Other Aspirants said at the APC Presidential Primary
Shortly before commencement of voting at the All Progressives Congress (APC), presidential primary election at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, the five aspiranst seeking the ticket of the party to contest the 2015 presidential election were given 10 minutes each to address the delegates on why they should be given the mandate.
The 10 minutes speech by each of the aspirants which was done in alphabetical order saw former vice president Atiku Abubakar taking the first shot.
He was followed by former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, Leadership Newspaper publisher, Sam Nada Isaiah and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
Below is the summary of their speeches.
“What I will give you is my commitment, and service. For the past six years, Nigeria has moved backward. We are a nation afflicted by endless crisis. PDP cannot save us. It is now time for change. PDP government may say it needs more time and continuity, but what we need is change. To solve Nigeria’s problems, we need leadership with integrity and strength. The next leader should not just mouth change but live it. I own no foreign account or companies benefitting from government contracts. I am what you see before you; a simple man who believe in serving Nigeria and God.”
“You came here because you believe in change. You believe that our hopes and dreams can become a reality. You believe that our great country can set a standard for all of Africa to see. Change for a better Nigeria and Nigeria for all as the candidate of our great party in 2015. Today we would demonstrate that every vote counts. The APC is offering something we have never had in a long time. We would have the chance to replace a party with a party that knows what to do. A party that understands that education should not only be accessible but delivers what it takes. The nominee you are about to elect must be a person trusted by all across all ethnic groups in the country.”
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
“We have done it in Kano and I see no reason why we cannot do it at the centre. We will work hard to ensure peaceful co-existence and stop our citizens from becoming refugees in their own country and neighbouring nations. Delegates should support the right candidate and I believe the right candidate is Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.”
Sam Nda Isaiah
“I’m the only one with a clear plan. I’m the only one that has come with big ideas. That’s why I believe I’m the best. This country is too divided. And there is no country that is as divided as this country that can make progress. That’s why I want to come with big ideas. Any leader that cannot secure its people has lost its right to lead. I’m going to achieve it as the person who takes the job of the commander-in-chief seriously. In this country, we still have soldiers who I believe are the best in the world. If they are well armed, Boko Haram would not be a match for them.”
“I am very happy to be part of this history making event. We are the last hope of Nigeria and today we must get it right. I offer myself to offer service as the president of Nigeria. Political power can only be justified when use for the good of the common man. My people! My people! When I say to Nigerians, I will make education free; Nigerians will believe me, because I have done it before. I am a child of poor parentage; I hate poverty and what it brings.”
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