Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms to the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Engineer Sule submitted the completed forms to the National Organising Secretary of the party, Suleiman Argungu, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday.
This is just as the Governor hinted that, in spite of the high number of aspirants seeking to fly the flag of the ruling party for the presidential election, only the best will eventually emerge as the presidential candidate of the party.
Speaking to journalists shortly after submitting his forms, Engineer Sule appreciated the leadership of the party at the national level, for the orderliness, capacity and competence demonstrated while conducting the exercise.
Engineer Sule described the exercise as exciting, especially that the form he just submitted was bought on his behalf by common people that came together to raise funds to purchase the forms for him.
“Its a more exciting thing for me personally, because this form that I just submitted was purchased for me by the common people in Nasarawa State.
“People that got together, raising N1000, N100 here, N200 here, they were able to raise the funds to buy the form for me. That is what is even more exciting for me in the submission of this forms,” he stated.
Commenting on the high number of aspirants seeking to fly the flag of the ruling APC in the presidential election, the Governor assured that only the best will be selected to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party.
“The more people are showing interest, the more it’s proven to the world how exciting the party is. Whatever is good, will attract people.
“There are so many other parties that we don’t even have a single person purchasing any form out of the 18 registered political parties. In fact, if we have 100 people who are showing interest, it clearly shows that at the end of the day, we will select the best,” Engineer Sule said.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the parley to clarify issues suggesting that he only intended to stay for a single term in office, stressing that he never made such statement.
According to the Governor, the same opposition flying the false claim, sent their agent to ask how Engineer Sule feels when people say he is a one-term governor.
“What happened was that the same opposition that are showing it actually sent somebody to ask me what will be my reaction about people who are calling me one-term. And I said to them, if God Almighty makes it one term, I Abdullahi Sule, will be more than happy to spend my one term and go back,” he stated.
The Governor pointed out the opposition is merely scared of going into the election against him.
“They are bringing this up because they are afraid. They should not be afraid of Abdullahi Sule, they should come and make it one term, it’s not too late. They should come and beat me at the polls,” he challenged the opposition.
On the letter of withdrawal issued by the national secretariat of the party for aspirants to sign, Engineer Sule said he will sign the form only after seeking necessary explanation.
Engineer Sule was accompanied on the trip to submit his forms by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, Senators Umaru Tanko Almakura and Godiya Akwashiki, members of the APC State working committee, other critical stakeholders and party stalwarts.