The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his ‘neutral stance’ during the party’s primary.
A statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, quoted Tinubu to have given the commendation in a letter addressed to Buhari.
In the letter, as reproduced by Adesina, Tinubu described Buhari as a “true leader, brother and friend”, and also commended him for his maturity which contributed significantly to the success of the presidential primary.
The letter reads, “Your excellency, one must admire the sense of purpose, composure, and maturity you demonstrated in the weeks and months preceding the primary elections of our great party. As aspirants and party leaders, we all pleaded with you to “choose” your successor.
“Naturally, this is expected especially in African democracy. Up until the 6th of June, 2022, the day of the APC presidential primaries, the whole of Nigeria, including myself, was waiting for you to announce your preferred candidate. All of us thought and believed this was a very simple matter.
“However, it was only as the primary went into the night and as the candidates walked up to the podium and spoke that I fully and truly appreciated your position and stance to be neutral and non-aligned to any of us. As the first person to speak, I also had the special vantage point to carefully hear, without any distraction, what the other candidates had to say.
“As the hours rolled by that evening, it became clear to me that all of us were your preferred candidates. As you captured it aptly in your letter to me, the “spirit” of 2013 and 2014 when we created and built APC was there for all to see.
“Mr President, as the night of 6 June turned to the morning of 7 June, I fully understood and appreciated your stance. “You belonged to everybody in the party and you belonged to none of the individual candidates of the party.” A true leader, brother and friend.
“I will conclude by once again thanking you for being there for all of us. By the grace of God and with your leadership, guidance and support, I am confident that we will lead our great party, the APC, to victory in the February 2023 general elections. We will ride on the back of your successes. We will build on the foundations of transparency and integrity which you have laid.”
The former Lagos State Governor thanked delegates and other party leaders for their support during the presidential primary, adding that his emergence as flagbearer is a victory for all members of the APC.