President Muhammadu Buhari is confident that his All Progressives Congress (APC) will be victorious in the forthcoming general elections.
Despite his confidence, the president urged the party’s Presidential Campaign Council to work hard to maximize the scale of victory.
He said, “Even though we are confident of winning, I urge you to work as hard as you can so that we can maximize the scale and extent of our victory.
“I urge you to rise to the challenge of the great expectations this party and Nigerians have for you – and the confidence that I personally have in the ability of all of you to deliver.”
He made the appeal during the council’s inaugural meeting at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
The president said the individuals in the council are the best the party has to offer and expressed his confidence in them to overcome any opponent.
“Needless to add, your selection was not easy, because in forming this council, the party settled only for the best.
“You are the cream of the party and I assure you that with unity of purpose and effective harmony and communication, there is no political opponent you cannot overcome,” he said.
During the meeting, Buhari presented documents containing the proposal on the structure and operational modalities of the council and directorates for the 2019 election.
He urged members to read the documents and make observations to improve the party’s performances in the general elections.
During the inauguration of the council on Monday, January 7, Buhari announced that APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, would take full charge of the campaign as co-chairman.
He said his decision to take a backseat as chairman of the council was to ensure that the nation’s governance does not suffer during the campaign period.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and is going to be on 24-hour vigil,” he said.