President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to all the aspirants who lost out in the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, not to abandon the party.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President pleaded with the aspirants to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship.
President Buhari advised the aspirants to learn from Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, who lost his reelection bid but accepted it in good faith.
The statement reads: “In every competition, someone has to win and someone has to lose, but those who lost should not abandon the party or lose their enthusiasm for the advancement of the party,” the statement read.
“The larger interest of our party is greater than our individual ambitions, and we should, therefore, work together for its success, despite our losses.
“In politics, we shouldn’t lose hope permanently because tomorrow could present another opportunity for us to contest again and win.
“Losers of the primaries should always put the party first because we are in it together to serve the country, and I am always proud of our members who demonstrate sportsmanship and a good party spirit,” it added.
The President congratulated the winners and asked them not to mock those who lost out in the race.
Meanwhile, Buhari’s plea is coming at a time his wife, Aisha condemned the irregularities that marred the primaries of the APC across the nation.
Concise News had reported earlier that the First Lady lashed out at the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for allowing “impunity take place under his watch”.
Speaking on the outcome of the primaries in series of tweets on Sunday morning, Mrs Buhari said the ruling party was not fair to aspirants who partook in its primaries across the country.
She tweeted: “It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on Election Day, these forms were bought at exorbitant prices.
“Many others contested and yet had their result delayed. Fully knowing that AUTOMATIC tickets have been given to other people.
“All Progressives Congress being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under its watch,” she wrote.