Scores of delegates of the All Progressives Congress [APC] gathered at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Wednesday to pick the party’s flag-bearer out of the five aspirants who will represent them in the February 14th presidential election.
The five aspirants include; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari; governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso; his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha and the publisher of Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
The chosen aspirant will contend with President Goodluck Jonathan the sole candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] at the primaries.
The delegates started entering into the main arena around 6 pm to take their seats but the accreditation of delegates had begun since 3pm.
One of the high notes at the scene was Buhari’s speech, which warmly received by the crowd of delegates and party members therefore receiving a standing ovation from some of the members.
His speech: “I have always served Nigeria to the best of my ability. I have always tried to give more to the nation than it has given me. This is the principle of service that has guided my public life. Thus, I am not a rich person. I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support. Even if I could, I would not do so. The fate of this nation is not up for sale.
“What I will give you, and this nation is all of my strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people. What I can give you is my all.
“I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want to democratically govern it with your help. I seek a Nigeria where Christians and Muslims may practise their faiths in peace and security; a Nigeria that is just and where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behavior and a Nigeria where our diversity could be used for our national prosperity.
“Nigeria is our home. Let us now turn it into the great nation we know it can and should be.”