The Presidency on Monday in Abuja, said no one could or should not have said he was the one who initiated the appearance of the late Major General Muhammadu Buhari as President in the 2015 general elections.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the President, Media and Public Affairs, Garba Shehu, the Presidency said the past should not determine the upcoming national elections and the important thing today is to elect a candidate “who will make our country better than elections. it has always been. ”
The statement is entitled ‘Comment on a statement made by a leading APC candidate.’
PUNCH reports that former Lagos regional governor Bola Tinubu raised the issue last Thursday when he said that without him, Buhari would not have appeared as president in 2015.
The former President made the claim at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, while addressing APC delegates ahead of the party’s general election.
In response, the Presidency said: “It is not surprising that on the eve of the first All Progressives Congress, there are candidates who wish to join the presidency seven years ago.
“Many people played a major role in his historic election in 2015, which made history as the first person in the opposition to defeat a president who always changes hands peacefully at the ballot box.
“Some are advising the President not to intervene; those who decide to form a political party – the APC – which could ultimately be a political vehicle capable of bringing victory when all other opposition parties and coalitions before it fails.
“Those decisions can be agreed upon by a few. But they were brought in by the thousands and voted for by the tens of millions. Nobody can or should claim to be responsible for this. ”
He added that as important as the 2015 victory was, there was no need to decide on the next election.
“What matters is the future: policy forums, ideas, inspiration, and the determination to take over the presidency of our country and build on its legacy of making our country better than ever.
“The person who is most visible in those qualities is the one who will lead our party and our country forward,” added the Presidency.