President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is supporting the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, because he is the best person to take over from him and continue his legacy.
The Nigerian leader stated this on Thursday when he led the APC Presidential Campaign Council on a courtesy call to the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, in Sokoto.
Buhari said if elected, Tinubu would consolidate on the gains made in the fight against insurgency and banditry, saying with the APC flagbearer, Nigeria is in a safe hand.
President Buhari disclosed that the APC campaign team was at the palace to solicit continuous support of the monarch and appealed to Sultan to support Tinubu ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
He said, ”We (him and Tinubu) have been together for more than twenty years. I know him as a very committed Nigerian. I can attest to his qualities as a leader and I can assure you with him Nigeria will remain in safe hands.
“I came to solicit your support for our candidate and I know you will continue to support us.”
President Buhari said he chose to join the campaign train of the APC presidential candidate because they have been friends for the past 20 years.
The Nigerian leader asserted the fact that he performed wonderfully well when he was Governor of Lagos State and won the APC presidential primary in a free, fair and credible process.
He added: “The third one is that Tinubu won my party’s presidential primary in a free, fair and credible process and therefore, he is the legitimate candidate of my party.”
Speaking earlier, the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu told the Sultan that he was in the race to win.
He said, “It is a great honour to be here particularly in company of the Prwsident of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to visit the caliphate. You already know but I must repeat, this is a visit to introduce me as the presidential candidate of my party, the APC.
“We recognize you don’t play politics but we have to show our respect when we come to town for campaign.
“We noted one thing on our way to the palace. The enthusiasm of our people. We are grateful to the peace and co-existence of individuals and your accommodation to various people living in Sokoto
We want to win election and since that is what we come for, we seek your blessing and endorsement. It is something you cannot reject because Mr. President is here.”