President Muhammadu Buhari says the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in recent by-elections gives an indication the party will win the 2019 general elections.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said this on Friday in his country home in Daura, Katsina State.
Candidates of the APC were last month returned in two senatorial by-elections in Katsina and Bauchi states as well as in another for the House of Representatives in Kogi State.
Receiving the representatives of the 34 chairmen of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Katsina State, President Buhari said: “coming against the backdrop of the victory in Ekiti governorship election, the string of victory by our party, the APC, is a clear indication of the way things will go in 2019.
‘‘For those who are discerning; those who have ears and eyes they will see, hear and understand. Those who don’t understand are entitled to their mistaken assumptions,” the statement quoted Mr Buhari as saying.
The president stressed that the victories of the APC in the recent polls were “the sign of things to come.”
He thanked the local ALGON leaders for paying Sallah homage to him and for their message of congratulations on the performance of the APC and his administration, assuring them that he would continue to do his best for the nation.
Speaking on behalf of the members, the Chairman of ALGON in the state, Mohammed Na’Allah, expressed their support and commitment to the success of the Buhari Administration.
At another meeting with the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Katsina State, President Buhari expressed his continued determination to respect the diversity of the country, saying that he will run a government that is fair and just to all Nigerians.
According to the statement, the president thanked the CAN leadership in the state for living in peace and harmony with other religious groups, and for supporting his administration in its policies and programmes.
The State Chairman of CAN, Nelson Onyeakachukwu, and an elder and coordinator of the Christian Pilgrimage in the state, Haruna Danjuma, who spoke during the visit, expressed happiness with the president’s performance.
They described him as the state’s good ambassador who had made everyone proud.
“Christians in Katsina are happy with both Governor Masari in the state and yourself at the centre. We will continue to support both of you,” the CAN leaders told the president.