The United Progressive Party (UPP) said it endorsed and adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections because he is head and shoulder above the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The national chairman of the UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie made this declaration in Abuja yesterday at a press conference to announce the party’s adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.
Flanked by the top national leaders of the party, Chekwas Okorie said that after painstaking evaluation of all the options and in consideration of the sincerity, uprightness and credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari which he has brought to bear in his approach to governance for the past three and a half years, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party acting on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), after extensive consultations with all stakeholders in the party wants Nigerian public to know that President Muhammadu Buhari has been endorsed and adopted as UPP’s presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
He said that the resolution to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s candidate has been made easy for them by the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who elected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as their presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
“There is no discerning Nigerian or patriotic and rational political party that will have an objective assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that will not come to a logical conclusion that President Muhammadu Buhari towers head and shoulder above Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in integrity and in all other considerations,” he said.
He said that the primary objective and target of the party going forward is to deploy “our ward, LG, state and national structures to aggressively campaign in a very robust, vibrant and civilised manner to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election will be beyond any iota of doubt. We shall do whatever that is possible to ensure that the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 shall assume the status of a national consensus.”
While admitting that Nigerians are facing difficult economic times, he said however that they are aware of the enormous challenges of having to rescue Nigeria from imminent collapse as a result of the mindless and unconscionable looting of our common patrimony and treasury by the PDP administration consistently for over 16 years.
He promised that the UPP would hit the campaign train from time to time to share with Nigerians the many sound and logical reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari shall be returned to complete his second term in office and why it will be a tragedy of monumental proportion to return the years of profligacy, unbridled corruption, scandalous leakages and highly compromised judiciary, to power.
“We are enthused by the several gains made by the single-minded implementation of the Single Treasury Account (TSA), and Bank Verification Number (BVN) Policies and unprecedented tax revenue regime. The freehand the EFCC has been allowed to carry out its statutory functions as well as the highly innovative Whistleblowing Policy have combined to put the fear of God in public officeholders and those in the private sector who before now elevated corruption in all its ramifications to a national culture.
“Nothing can be more patriotic than the fact that the ongoing infrastructural projects in Nigeria that were at various levels of abandonment have been revived and are now at various stages of completion within a period of three and a half years. It is commendable that the Buhari administration allowed the contractors who were beneficiaries of the PDP patronages to continue with the projects and injected fresh capitals to ensure their completion.
“We have witnessed the positive attention being paid to Nigeria by practically all World Economic Powers as well as the hand of friendship extended by them to Nigeria in the areas of inflow of foreign investment and strategic support in addressing security challenges in our country”, he said.
He noted that the reelection of Buhari is good and healthy for Nigeria’s power rotation system. “It is therefore our position and for the sake of national stability, cohesion and unity, that four more years of President Muhammadu Buhari is far more reassuring and beneficial to most Nigerians whether from the North or the South than a possible eight years of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar government which will also foist on Nigerians the sad memories of the 16 years of nightmare Nigerians lived under the PDP government in Nigeria,” he warned.