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President Muhammadu Buhari has said his second – term bid was the desire of the national executive of the All Progressives Congress .

Buhari , who spoke during a live presidential town hall at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel , Abuja , on Wednesday evening , stated that his re -election bid was aimed at fulfilling the manifesto of his 2015 campaign .

The APC presidential candidate said , “I said it much earlier at the National Executive Committee of our party that if my party recommended me to its executive , I would contest . I did that to save time and wide discussions among members of the party .

“So , those who felt very strongly about it left the party and the party nominated . Why ? It is because I felt that the three fundamental objectives we campaigned in 2015 are still relevant.

“We want to remind Nigerians to see when we started 2015 where we are now , what we have been able to do in between this time of three and a half years with the resources and time available to us .”

Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo, also speaking on the party ’s presidential mandate , said the President needed another term to consolidate on the gains of his administration .

“We campaigned on three fundamental issues , namely the economy , the fight against corruption and security. In those three respects , we believe that we have laid very strong foundations and I very strongly believe that we are on to much more progress if given a second opportunity .

“I very strongly take the view that the period of three and a half years , in particular , has been one where we have managed to turn around a lot of what was inherited in the previous 16 years .

“The previous 16 years were , in my view , a period during which a lot of revenue came in and very little appeared to have been done . We believe the foundations we ’ve laid in agriculture and infrastructure really deserve a second term for completion ,”

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