The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said all aspirants seeking the party’s Presidential ticket will have to sign an undertaking during screening.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stated this while receiving the completed presidential expression of interest and nomination forms from Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, at the party headquarters in Abuja, on Friday.
Odigie-Oyegun explained that all the aspirants are required to sign to faithfully implement the party’s manifesto from the first day they assume office.
The chairman also urged Kwankwwaso like all other aspirants on the party’s platform, not to lose sight of the enormous challenges ahead.
Odigie-Oyegun said, “Now we are faced with real economic crisis to add to it all. The APC is going to provide this nation with a steady hand, an experienced hand, a competent hand.
“Those of you who have indicated interest in this very onerous responsibility, what you are going to take over from the PDP, is a nation that is virtually pulled to pieces in every aspect of human life.
“I want to assure you that in my interaction with people is that we have people who will take this challenge head on, we have a manifesto which we are going to commit them to fatefully implementing.
“As a matter of fact, at the screening which we also mentioned there will be an undertaking to be signed, that the manifesto of the party will be faithfully implemented”.
Mr. Odigie-Oyegun expressed optimism that the party’s manifesto, which is people oriented, will improve the lot of Nigerians if carefully and faithfully implemented.
The APC, he added, has what it takes to make Nigeria a better place for all.
Earlier, Kwankwaso, while returning his forms, promised to put smiles back on the faces of Nigerians if given the chance.
The aspirant expressed sadness that Nigerians, especially in the North-East, were forced to become refugees in their own country.
Kwankwaso dismissed fears that his aspiration would be a minus for the North-West because former Head of State, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) is also contesting.
He said, “I believe that Nigerians especially in my zone are happy. And I believe that at the end of the day, they will choose the right candidate”.