I voted for Tinubu, Buhari declares
In a rare show of loyalty, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Daura, Katsina State, displayed his ballot paper after voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying after campaigning for him in many parts of the country, he has reaffirmed his preference for Tinubu as his successor.
President Buhari, who cast his vote along with his wife, Aisha, and other family members, at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit, 003, lamented that only one female, Aisha Ahmed Binani, emerged as gubernatorial candidate in this year’s election, urging support for her and the APC.
The President assured that he had always supported the candidature of Tinubu, adding that the display of his ballot paper to the media and the public further showed his commitment to the party and the APC national leader.
“I am very impressed because I have seen how the people turned up. I am very impressed and very happy. Well, the candidate I voted for I have already mentioned him in many states in Nasarawa, Katsina and Sokoto.
“All over the places, I mentioned my favourite candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu, and I believe my constituency will elect him 100 per cent,” he said.
Buhari advised Nigerians to ensure that their rights to vote were always respected.
“Nigerians should make sure that they are respected; that means that the candidate they want to vote for they are allowed to vote for him.
“It is a pity there is only one female candidate from Adamawa State so the electorate should kindly follow our party,” he added.
Asked how he felt that it was the first time since 2003 that he was not on the ballot, the President said it was very exciting, adding: “I look at those who are competing and some of them are so agitated and they didn’t know that I tried three times and ended up in the Supreme Court three times.
“The fourth time I said ‘God dey’ and God sent technology, Permanent Voter Cards, so no fraudulent person can claim anything.”
According to the President, “APC will win from Daura to Lagos.”
The President’s family members and staff also voted at the polling unit.
The First Lady, Aisha, also disclosed that she voted for candidates of the APC, expressed optimism that the party would win both the presidential and legislative elections.
She used the opportunity to charge women and youths to be law-abiding during the election period and accept the results when announced with equanimity.
The president’s wife expressed hope that the next administration would serve Nigerians dispassionately and continue the good works of President Buhari.