President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he refused to nominate a presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential primaries despite being asked to do so.
He explained that he had run for president three times and ended up unsuccessfully on the Supreme Court and had successfully passed the 4th time through a democratic process. He wondered why he would anoint a presidential candidate with his choice in a democratic process.
He explained that the late Ahmadu Bello represented equality, justice, and fairness and that he also upheld the same virtues as the president. He said so yesterday in Lafia during the 2023 Annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture organized by the Nasarawa State Government in conjunction with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation. The President, represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, called on the people of Nigeria to accept the election results, advising dissenters to seek resolution through the courts. He said the late Sardauna Sir Ahmadu Bello was committed to Nigeria’s unity, peace, and progress, defended it until his death, and called on Nigerians to accept selfless service. his and the legacy he left behind. Keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture presented by Professor Patrick Lumumba from Kenya on “Credible Elections as a Panacea for the Quest for Quality Leadership and Heritage for good governance and sustainable democratic culture in Nigeria”.
The Governor of the Highlands State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Bako Lalong, pushed for power to shift south to ensure fairness, one of the virtues that the late Ahmadu Bello advocated, which is fairness. Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, the main presenter, thanked Professor Lumumba for honoring the occasion from Kenya and other northern governors and guests.