The Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors’ Network, a group, on Wednesday in Abuja picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest the presidency in 2019.
This made Buhari the first aspirant to pick the nomination form as the APC commenced sales of the forms to aspirants for the 2019 general elections.
Buhari had in April declared his intention to seek re-election at the APC National Executive Committee (NEC).
The group which paid a total of N45 million to obtain the forms, was received by the Mr Adams Oshiomohle, the APC National Chairman in Abuja.
Speaking on why the group decided to purchase the forms on behalf of the President, its National Co-coordinator, Sunnsi Musa, said the President was not multi-millionaire cash wise.
“But he has millions of supporters who are always ready to come together to pay for his nomination form.
“It is my singular honour and rare privilege to present to you a cheque of N45 million as payment for the expression of interest and nomination forms for President Muhammadu Buhari, ”he said.
According Musa, the group embarks on the project based on the recognition that the President has started laying a foundation for a better Nigeria.
The National Co-ordinator said that there was need to consolidate on the gains so far made by the present administration in the country.
He noted that for the first time since the return of democracy, Nigerians had a president who could beat his chest and state that he had never stolen government funds.
According to Musa, Buhari is not among presidents who meet at night to strike shady personal deals.
“Today, and for the first time in our history, we have a government that is honest and sincere in investing in the poor, the masses and the underprivileged.”
Musa maintained that his group could not fold its hands and watch while the foundation laid by the Buhari administration would be destroyed by some other persons.
“We cannot afford to destroy the future of our children. The foundation, laid by President Muhammadu Buhari, must be reinforced.
“It is for this reason, Mr Chairman, that we have decided to pull our meagre resources together to purchase the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for President Buhari.