Tukur Buratai, the former chief of army staff and current Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic, has urged APC delegates in Borno to back Rotimi Amaechi’s presidential ambition.
Buratai said this while speaking to APC delegates in the state on Sunday.
Also present at the meeting was Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno.
Buratai described Amaechi as a man of courage and resilience, adding that the former Rivers governor has what it takes to govern Nigeria.
“Your excellency, we will not share any votes. Give 100 percent of your votes to honourable Rotimi Amaechi, and I will tell you the reasons why. Here with us is the man of the moment who is ready to serve, and has shown the determination in his exploits and his experience over the years, as speaker, as a governor and as minister,” the former army chief said.
“He has led his peer governors twice. He has also led his colleagues in parliament as chairman, conference of speakers twice.
“He has that experience, and very importantly, he has remained loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“You are aware of Borno’s heritage. We’ve always supported the victorious team. Other than Amaechi, who is here, do not follow anyone. We must work together with Amaechi. We must accompany the man of the hour.”
On his part, Amaechi asserted that he is the better candidate among all the presidential candidates.
“One of the reasons why you have high level of insecurity is the fact that our past leaders had visited us with poverty. Politicians will be chasing you with money, but when you step out on that day (of the primary election), carry your conscience in your hand,” he added.
“Vote for me, because when you vote for me, you have transferred that responsibility to partner with others to change the country.
“Trust me. Don’t share the votes. Step out that day, vote for me and see the difference I will make.”
In his speech, Zulum emphasized the importance of Amaechi’s counsel to delegates to vote their conscience.
“Power belongs to God, in my opinion.” My hope is that Nigeria would elect a good president. “My prayer is for Almighty Allah to send us a good candidate who can lead this country to greater heights — a leader who can bring democratic dividends to the Nigerian people,” he stated.
“The people of Borno state will vote according to their conscience for a candidate who deserves to be elected.”
“In this political equation, President Muhammadu Buhari is also critical. We’re still waiting for him to tell us what he wants.