President Muhammadu Buhari has been presented with the presidential expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress, APC, purchased for him by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network, NCAN.
The President revealed this in a tweet via his official account on Tuesday afternoon.
''Just now at the State House I was presented with the APC Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN). A mixture of familiar faces, as well as new ones,united by a common vision of a secure & prosperous Nigeria,'' he tweeted.
Speaking after receiving the forms, President Buhari thanked NCAN for purchasing the forms and finding him worthy to be re-elected as the country's President.
“I am honoured today to receive youths from all over the country contributing to buy the form for me", he said.
He, however, took a swipe at defectors who left the APC, branding as weak people only concerned for their own interest.
“The weakest whose sense of expectation do not align with our vision have exited our party.”
“We now have a party of strong and patriotic people who are ready to work for a strong Nigeria", President Buhari said.
The forms were presented to the President by representatives of the group, comprising of Farouk Adamu Aliyu, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Deputy Chairman of the BoT; Sunusi Musa, National Coordinator of the group; the six zonal coordinators, and three special representatives.
The group had purchased the forms for N45 million last Wednesday while Buhari was away in China for a summit.
The form purchase was condemned by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused the APC of entrenching corruption by selling its presidential form for such price.
“Selling @OfficialAPCNg presidential nomination form @N45m is corruption. Anyone who accepts @N45m form is also corrupt”, he tweeted.
Ologbondiyan also alleged that President Buhari had deceived Nigeran youth when he advised that they do not contest for the 2019 general elections.
According to him, not all the youth who aspire to run for political office under the APC can afford the ruling party forms for the various elective posts.