Bola Tinubu to focus on issues-based campaigns – APC Chieftain
Nigerians who said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had not done well were either playing politics or refusing to check the facts, the Chief Executive Officer of l New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nigeria), Princess Gloria Akobundu, a parastatal of the Presidency has said.
She also called on supporters of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu to focus on issues-based campaigns, rather than criticising and castigating the candidates of other political parties.
According to her, the advice became necessary to complement the promise made by Buhari during the 2022 UN General Assembly to ensure that the 2023 general elections were violence-free and credible.
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Akobindu stated these in Abuja during a courtesy call on her by members of the APC National Integrity Movement.
She said, “Our party should lead by example by conducting a violent-free sensitisation, campaigns and elections just as the President had vowed at the UN General Assembly, where he promised the world to conduct free, fair and credible elections. So, as members of the APC and Nigerians, we should help him to realise that mandate.
“We must refrain from bringing down any character of persons of our country. It is not the best way to go because at the end of the day, when the elections are over, what you have said during the electioneering campaigns will be used to judge your country, not our party.
“When a leader emerges, he emerges for the country, not for the party. We must be able to work harmoniously so that we can be able to deliver the next leader for our country.
“Let’s join hands and work for the Africa and Nigeria we all desire to have. So, let us go out and make sure we discuss issue-based campaigns.”
Akobundu also stated that although there were still some challenges in the country, Buhari had acquitted himself remarkably well as the leader of the country.
She explained the President had achieved a lot in the areas on which he anchored his development agenda despite the herculean problems he inherited.
“This administration has done its best so far and I encourage the party to be able to speak up on these achievements and advocate for peace. It is good to build on the gains of this administration.
“I encourage us to shun violence and embrace a peaceful campaign in line with His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to conduct a peaceful election and to uphold the integrity, vision and legacy of the APC”, the NEPAD CEO emphasized.
Akobundu added that the second peer review conducted by AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria has supported national planning and boosted investors’ confidence in the country.
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