President Muhammadu Buhari says Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will be in charge of his reelection campaign.
Buhari said this on Monday while launching the APC presidential campaign council at the Abuja International Conference Center.
The president said he will actively participate in the campaign but will also focus on the business of governance during the period.
“Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country,” he said.
“But I must also add that, though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge and is going to be on 24-hour vigil.
“That is to say, the operational buck of this campaign stops at his table, and I, therefore, urge all of us in the leadership of this campaign, in the field operations on the campaign trail and in the secretariat to consult with Asiwaju whenever guidance is needed.
“It is on this note, and in the name of God, that I now have the pleasure of inaugurating the APC presidential campaign council 2019.”
The president implored the leadership of the party to work together to ensure a successful campaign.
“Let us engage our citizens on issues and ask for reflection on the comparative difference between 2015 and 2019 on security, economy and corruption and abuse by those entrusted with leadership in Nigeria,” he said.
“As we embark on the campaign to secure mandate for the next level, I want to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions of all stakeholders who have endeavored to keep our party united, and our governance successful.”
While appealing to all members to be guided by the enduring vision behind the formation of the party, the president urged them to always “keep their eyes on the ball, which is the success of our party at the polls”.
He added: “I wish to appeal to all members to be guided by the enduring vision behind the formation and sustenance of our party, which is anchored, on sacrifice and imperative to salvage and stabilize our great and promising nation.
“I appeal to all our members, and especially those who are in the campaign council, to unite and cooperate and ensure a smooth operation.
“Needless to add, directorates could co-opt on full or part-time basic persons who could add value to our campaign and help us to attain success.”