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I’ll start from where Buhari stops – Lawan tells delegates

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has pledged that he will start where President Muhammadu Buhari will stop.

Lawan said this on Thursday in Abuja while addressing and wooing leaders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress from the Federal Capital Territory for votes.

He said he had offered himself for the job because he possessed the essentials that would make him an effective and efficient President of Nigeria.

Lawan said, “I stand here before you to tell you why I believe that I have what it takes. The social, political, and educational wherewithal, are the essentials that will make me an effective and efficient President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari finishes his tenure.

“For me, I am not an ethnic or geopolitical candidate. In fact, I always look forward to having the best from any part of Nigeria. So because I ran for this office and because I am from the North should not be any reason for me to say that somebody from another part of the country, for example, from the southern part of the country, cannot be President.

“I present the credentials that I have, with all humility the requisite training, the requisite experience, and the network and links across the country to make Nigeria greater.”

The Senate president also noted that the race for the presidency of Nigeria should be a contest of ideas and not one’s ethnicity.

He added, “So let this contest be a contest of ideas. No contest of where someone is coming from. I respect all the distinguished aspirants and I believe that whoever has the opportunity can serve well. But I will say that I can serve better.

“I am in between the old and the young. Only 63 years. So I can link up with the old ones because I am a young old man and I am also an old young man.

“But above all and on a somber note, I have seen, I have practice governance in a very close range. Today, I am working with the President, President Muhammadu Buhari very closely. As the President of the Senate, we also have reasons to engage, to interact for the development of our country.”

Lawan added that they had supported the president and the APC administration because the Legislature and the Executive arm of government are APC.

He added, “We are supposed to have the same programmes, the same manifestoes, whether you are in the Legislature or the Executive. As members of APC in the National Assembly, what is expected of us is to support our President, our Presidency, and our Government to deliver services to the people of Nigeria.

“And that is what we have been doing over the last three years and that is what we will do until when this administration will complete its tenure.

“So I want to start from where Mr. President will stop. I want to consolidate from where Mr. President would have finished. I want to continue all those very successful work and services that President Muhammadu Buhari will provide to Nigerians.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this administration has gotten so many things right. It has done so many things that are successful. Some are not as successful. Some are not at all. For those that are so successfully done, we need to build on them. We need to consolidate. We need to make them the legacies of APC administration in this country.

“For those not as successful, we need to rework the strategies. We need to look at how we can make them do better. We need to work to ensure that they are optimised. For those that we have not gotten them right at all, we have to go back to the drawing board.”

Lawan added, “I am a product of this party. I believe in this party. It is my duty to ensure that this party continues to win. I can win this election for us by the Grace of God. Just give me your votes and your votes will be investments in improved security for our people. Your votes will be investments in an improved economy for our country. Your votes will be investments in turning the Agricultural sector around to work for each and every one of us and your votes will be investments in improving and reforming the educational sector of our country.

“I believe so much that although the security of our country has improved in the North-Eastern part of our country where I come from, we still have challenges. Between now and next year May, when Mr. President will leave, having completed his tenure, the situation in the Northwest where banditry has taken root will improve.

“The situation in the Northcentral where we have, from time to time, incidents of banditry and kidnapping will also improve.

“I want to appreciate this set of delegates. I believe this number is a good number and I want to win the primary with the FCT delegates number. This is going to be a very closely fought primaries. So that your number is not a small number. If l get it, I can go home and sleep.”

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