If there is only one wish President Muhammadu Buhari wants God to grant now, it would be genuine reconciliation of the members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress.
The commencement of the 2019 general election is just 56 days away and the President knows that any division in the party will mean divided votes for him, so he is appealing to stakeholders in the APC all over Nigeria to work for genuine reconciliation.
He says it will be “for the benefit of our people and our nation”.
President Buhari spoke on Wednesday night in Abuja when he received a group of APC members including Professor Hafiz Abubakar, a former Deputy Governor of Kano State who returned to the party after their departure to various platforms.
In welcoming the party leaders back to the APC, President Buhari said the house was large enough to accommodate everyone and promised to speak to the leadership of the party and government in Kano to accommodate and work with the returnees.
“In addition to Professor Hafiz, a staunch ally of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso Kwankwaso who resigned as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s Deputy, the other returnees include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Architect Aminu Dabo; the immediate past National Treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; Security Adviser to Kwankwaso, General Danjuma Dambazau (rtd); Engineer Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of the Kwankwasiyya as well as Senator Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries.
“They were led to the President by the Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru,” a statement by Mr Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Buhari, said.
Responding to the Presidential directive, Governor Ganduje welcomed the return of the party stalwarts and assured the President that he was ready to work with everyone to record yet another historic victory in the general elections.