Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation on Tuesday stated that a large group of people contributed to purchase the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amaechi revealed this at the presidential villa while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the presentation of form to President Buhari.
Amaechi, who doubles as the Director-General, Buhari Campaign Organisation, said that the gesture showed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ready for the 2019 election.
The Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN), a group, affiliated to the All Progressive Congress, that bought the expression of Interest form, also presented it to Buhari for the 2019 presidential election.
“This is a group of persons; some people paid less than N1 million; some paid N50,000; it is a group of hundreds of thousands of people that came together to buy form for the president.
“I do not see any law we have broken by that.
“Not one person bought the form for Mr President; not one person brought the money; not two persons; not three; what we saw from their database is hundreds of thousands of persons that raised the money.
“You can see the huge delegation that came; it is an indication that we are prepared for the election.
“The president has put the first step forward to show that he wants to run for the second time for the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.
In the same vain, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, the APC’s National Secretary, said that even in advanced democracies, once the National Executive Committee (NEC) of a party passed a vote of confidence on the president, nobody would contest with him.
“So, NEC of APC has passed vote of confidence on Mr President; that means every APC member endorsed Mr President.
“it is a democracy, we are not saying nobody should come out and contest but the president has right of first refusal,’’ he said.