The Consolidation Ambassadors Network, a pro-Muhammadu Buhari group, on Wednesday obtained the presidential election nomination forms on behalf of the president who is currently in China for the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
The group paid the mandatory N45 million for the expression of interest and the nomination form.
The cheque was received by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in Abuja.
The National Coordinator of the group, Sunusi Musa, said President Buhari did not have the cash but had sufficient goodwill which members of the group were at the APC secretariat to prove.
The cost of the nomination form for the President is N40m while the expression of interest form is being sold for N5m.
This is coming less than 24 hours after the National Working Committee of the APC decided to review the cost of the forms downwards from N55m.
Musa said the group decided to buy the forms for the President as a mark of appreciation for the quality leadership he had provided the country for a little over three years.
Musa said, “ Mr Chairman, it is my honour and rare privilege to present to you a cheque of N45m as payment for the expression of interest and nomination forms for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We have no doubt that Mr President has, both in action and in words, been working hard to lay a foundation for greater and prosperous nation that our generation and future generation will be proud of.
“Under his administration, Nigeria has become a country sought after for investments in the world; Nigeria has assumed its leadership role in not just Africa but the world.
“For the first time since the return of democracy, Nigerians have a President who can beat his chest and state that he has never stolen from the purse of government.”
He said the President had also not been found wanting in the area of protecting the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians and that he had brought positive changes to the way government ran its business.
“It is for this reason, Mr Chairman, that we have decided to pull our meagre resources together and purchase the expression of interest and nomination forms for President Buhari as he presents himself to our party members to be chosen as its candidate for the 2019 general elections. Our members from the various villages, local governments and states have contributed to making this happen,” Musa said.