Buhari Presidency Will Restore ‘Investor Confidence’ – Amosun

BuhariOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the maturity and statesmanship displayed by aspirants and delegates at the just concluded presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun also congratulated the winner, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his overwhelming victory, and the APC, for conducting a free, fair and credible presidential primary, which was acceptable to all contestants.

He described the election of Buhari as most timely and well deserved, expressing optimism that the eventual election of the APC’s presidential flag bearer in the 2015 poll would restore investor confidence in Nigeria and also bring an end to the insurgency in the north-east.

“With his experience and track record, I strongly believe that when elected, come 2015, Muhammadu Buhari would tackle the spate of insurgency head long and restore investor confidence in our economy and indeed the nation.

“I also commend the statesmanship of the other aspirants and the maturity displayed by all at the primary. Other contestants congratulated the winner and that is very worthy of emulation,” the Governor said.

Amosun urged all party faithful and well meaning Nigerians to vote massively for the APC and its candidates at all levels, pointing out that the quantum of development across the APC governed states and the peaceful conduct of the presidential primary are clear demonstration that the party is not only committed to democratic ideals but also passionate about fulfilling its electoral promises.

At Least Now APC Know How To Conduct Primaries – Okupe

OkupeThe Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, has described the successful convention held by Nigeria’s two major political parties as a good development for the nation and its democracy.

Speaking on Channels Television, he said that President Jonathan’s smooth sail to winning the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential ticket has been earned through his popularity.

He noted that facing some initial challenge from party members was not unusual and the party was able to manage it properly by allowing the challengers express their rights to contest.

Okupe explained that the President’s outstanding performance eventually prevailed and led to the other aspirants withdrawing their ambition in the interest of the party and the country.

Dr Okupe also reacted to the emergence of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a successful presidential primary that has been adjudged to be highly transparent.

While he admitted that the APC primary election was indeed transparent and worth celebrating, he noted that “this is something that the PDP has been doing for the past 16 years. So for them its a new thing and we welcome them.

“At least now they know how to conduct primaries, they now don’t impose candidates. We are very happy, weOkupe are now getting to the same page.”

Okupe also admitted that the reaction of the other APC presidential aspirants to their loss in the election was commendable.

He said that the act of conceding defeat and very quickly congratulating the winner, was good for the country and its democracy. “We are beginning to understand the normal democratic culture,” he said.

He, however, gave the credit for the development to the President.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has set the pace by saying that people’s votes must count and we are beginning to see it over the months and years that people’s votes are counting. So these are the examples that other parties are following.”

He expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party to beat in the country, adding that “those who have left would come back”.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential

OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

During the Owerri event, which took place at the Imo International Conference Centre, the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Uche Nwosu, who was secretly adopted as the APC governorship candidate by the party’s delegates, announced his withdrawal from the race.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

He enjoined the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Apart from the delegates, also present at the event were all the state executive of the Imo State All Progressives Congress, except the Chairman who was still in Lagos, members of the Okorocha’s cabinet and other state appointees.

Muhammadu Buhari Wins APC Presidential Ticket

BuhariA former Nigerian military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, has won the Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

General Buhari emerged winner of the Presidential primary election held in the early hours of Thursday but which was concluded in the evening.

Buhari scored 3,430 votes to defeat other aspirants; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (954 votes); Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso (974 votes); Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha (624 votes) and the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah (10 votes) with 16 votes recorded as invalid.

The election process began on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city in the South-West with 7,214 accredited delegates.

At least 10,000 members of the APC, drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, were at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to pick the party’s flag-bearer for the 2015 presidential election.

After the APC delegates finished voting, sorting began and the sorting process involved putting contents into a transparent ballot box after which the ballots were sorted out based on aspirants’ votes.

Once that was done, the content of each of the box assigned to each aspirant was counted under the watchful eyes of their representatives and observers.Buhari

General Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 Presidential election that will hold on February 14 2015. President Jonathan has been ratified as the candidate of the PDP at a National Convention held on Wednesday in Abuja.

President Jonathan was earlier given the party’s sole candidacy, but the decision was upturned by the party’s leadership, giving others an opportunity to declare their interest in the position.

Muhammadu Buhari is a retired General in the Nigerian Army. He was the military ruler of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985.

Buhari came to public attention in 1976 when he became the Minister (or “Federal Commissioner”) for Petroleum and Natural Resources under then-Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo.

He later became head of the newly created Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in 1977.

Before then, he served as Governor of the newly created North-Eastern State during the regime of Murtala Mohammed.