President Muhammadu Buhari assured His Eminence Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar 111, the Sultan of Sokoto, on Thursday in the state that Nigeria is in good hands with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress— Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
This was said by President Buhari when he led the APC presidential campaign team on a courtesy visit to the Sultan.
He explained to the Sultan that the campaign team had come to the palace to ask for his ongoing support and that there were three reasons he had decided to join Asiwaju Tinubu’s campaign team.
He claimed that he and Tinubu have been friends for the past 20 years and praised his outstanding performance as Lagos State ex-governor.
The incumbent President said: “Tinubu won my party’s presidential primary in a free, fair and credible process and therefore, he is the legitimate candidate of my party.
” We (him and Tinubu) have been together for more than twenty years. I know him as a very committed Nigerian. I can attest to his qualities as a leader and I can assure you with him Nigeria will remain in safe hands.
“I came to solicit your support for our candidate and I know you will continue to support us.”
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu also added: “It is a great honour to be here particularly in the company of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to visit the caliphate. You already know but I must repeat, this is a visit to introduce me as the presidential candidate of my party, the APC.
“We recognize you don’t play politics but we have to show our respect when we come to town for the campaign.
“We noted one thing on our way to the palace. The enthusiasm of our people. We are grateful for the peace and co-existence of individuals and your accommodation to various people living in Sokoto.
“We want to win the election and since that is what we come for, we seek your blessing and endorsement. It is something you cannot reject because Mr President is here.”
The Sultan asserted that, in his capacity as traditional head of state, he is unable to publicly declare an opinion on the upcoming political contest. He stated that the only thing he can do is continue to pray to God for the best president to lead Nigeria to greater heights and ensure that its citizens enjoy peace, security, and a high standard of living.
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