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Buhari picks APC ticket, asks PDP to present 16 years score card




AFTER his endorsement by 14,842,072 members of the All Progressives Congress across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as the party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Parry (PDP) to present its score card of 16 years in power.

“Fellow Nigerians, think how much PDP governments earned from 1999 to 2015. Think what they did with it,” Buhari said in his acceptance speech in Abuja during the APC national convention where he was endorsed for his second term bid.

“Infrastructure down, security down, 18 local governments of Nigeria under control of a hostile army of insurgent, reserves depleted, bankruptcy around the corner. What did they do with your money,” he asked.

While thanking members of the party who dropped their presidential ambition to enable him seek a second term, the President assured that he would not disappoint Nigerians.

“I thank you all for your encouragement and support, and I will not disappoint the people of Nigeria,” he said.

The President who noted that the ruling party was proud of its achievements said his government has been rebuilding Nigeria’s economy as well as developing infrastructure.

“Our currency has stabilised. Our reserves are now $44 billion, a lot higher than we had in 2015,” he said.

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He maintained that the federal government was tackling corruption head-on, adding that his recent interactions with the international community have been very encouraging, as world leaders were giving the Nigerian government the necessary support.

“We are attacking corruption head-on. With international support we are recovering Nigerian stolen assets and applying them to infrastructural developments,” he said

Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, formally presented President Buhari to the convention as the party’s 2019 presidential candidate, amidst cheers from delegates and other party members.

“I hereby formally present President Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of our party for the 2019 presidential election to everyone here and to Nigerians, and by the grace of God, victory shall be ours,” he said.

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