The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari is canvassing for voted for governorship and House of Assembly candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country in next weekend’s second round of elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja today, General Buhari, who thanked Nigerians for voting him into office, said that there are still greater challenges of consolidating the previous electoral victory of the opposition party.
According to him, the election of APC Governorship and House of Assembly candidates is no less important than his own victory during the March 28 presidential election.
He explained that his election should not be treated in isolation because the APC needs to win at other levels of democratic representation across the country.
The President-elect added that for APC to govern effectively, its supporters should also elect the party’s candidates in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on April 11.
General Buhari used the opportunity to condole with the families of his supporters who lost their lives celebrating the APC victory and wished speedy recovery to those nursing injuries.
He also called for total moral support to INEC to enable it improve on its previously impressive performance, despite logistical challenges and other unforeseen hiccups.
Meanwhile, General Buhari has been receiving phone calls from world leaders calling to congratulate him on his victory.
The leaders have also praised the peaceful nature of the election and its outcome.
Latest among such callers were the United Nations Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Chadian President Idris Deby, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, and Alfa Konde of Guinea.
Buhari also received congratulatory phone calls from the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, former US President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In all cases, the President-elect responded to the positive gestures with assurances that Nigeria will act as responsible member of the international community in conducting its affairs.
He called for support for the country in dealing with global terror manifesting itself as Boko Haram in Nigeria.