President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has lauded members of his campaign media team led by Malam Shehu Garba for running a very “decent media campaign” despite the vigorous hate campaigns mounted against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buhari, who received members of his Media Team and Social Media Influencers at the Defence House, Abuja yesterday, was full of praises for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Media & Publicity members.
He said the members have reason to thank God and celebrate the success of the entire campaign.
“I want to commend you, especially for two things. First, it was decent media campaign you conducted. Despite the PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed focused on issues and avoided the temptation to sling mud.”
The President-elect hailed Shehu for providing leadership that led to the success of his team.
“I thank you for your uncommon motivation to do the work. Despite the shoestring budget on which we ran our APC campaign, you did not allow the lack of adequate remuneration to stall the work at any point in time. You continued to give your best.”
The high-point of the meeting was when the President-elect cracked jokes with Mr. Tunde Thompson, a member of the Media Team and one of the journalists jailed by the Decree 4 in 1984.
He praised Thompson for rising above his jail experience to forgive and support him, adding that what happened under his military regime was one of the challenges of that period.
The President-elect praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deploying technology as part of the process of the last election with the use of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and Card Readers.
“We must commend Nigerians, who believe in our message of change and INEC for introducing Card Readers and PVC. All elected leaders will now know that the voter is the king. Nigerians now have more faith in our elections because their votes will count. If not for PVCs and Card Readers, the PDP as usual would have written the results and asked losers to go to court. How can people, who are struggling to survive go to court and get money to pay the SANs of this world. We must thank God for the success of this election,” he said.