None of the five presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) can leave the party even if they lost the presidential primaries, as they all signed a Letter of Commitment yesterday.
The agreement signed also mandates them to collapse their individual campaign structures into that of the party for effective campaign of the eventual flag bearer of the party in the 2015 general election after losing the primaries.
The aspirants who signed the undertaking were former Head of State, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, governors of Kano and Imo states, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso and Chief Rochas Okorocha, and the publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
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Chairman of the APC Presidential Screening Committee, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed the party’s move at a ceremony held at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, to present Certificate of Clearance to the aspirants who successfully underwent a screening session on Tuesday.
“We told the press earlier that our aspirants will sign a letter of commitment to the party. I am happy to announce to you that all of them, all the five aspirants were very happy to sign these letters of commitment.
“That commitment is principally to assure the party that there is none of them running for themselves. They are running to offer service to improve on the well-being of our people to bring happiness to Nigerians, to foster unity and bring peace and secure our country,” Onu said.
“Only one person will fly our flag. They have all agreed that whoever flies our flag, the other aspirants will support him. This is something integral to the party.
“They will collapse their structures into the party, so that the party will move into the election united and it will offer the party the best chance to win the election on February 14th,” he added.
The chairman described all the aspirants as capable of leading the country. He said they all showed they have a very good understanding of the problems of the nation. He therefore called on Nigerians to give the APC a chance in the coming elections.
“Nigerians have a choice to make, because when you have two things. You never know which is better until you try them. Nigerians ought to try the APC and give us a chance to show so that the problems in the country can be solved”, Onu said.