Mr. Chairman, Your Excellency Chief John Odigie Oyegun,
Former Chairman, Your Excellency Chief Bisi Akande,
Your Excellencies former and present Governors,
Distinguished Senators,
Honourable Members of House of Reps. and State Assemblies,
Party Executives,
Invited Guests,
Members of press

With your permission Mr. Chairman, may we observe a minute’s silence and prayers for the safe release of the abducted Chibok girls and for return of peace to our dear country.
Ladies and gentlemen, I congratulate you for the honour and privilege bestowed on you by the party to run our affairs. It is an onerous task. We have internal and external enemies ready to sabotage and frustrate our efforts. You are our spear heads and our leaders.
I would like, with your permission Mr. Chairman, to thank, on behalf of our party the Interim Management Committee under the leadership of Chief Bisi Akande. His personal integrity, experience and competence marked his tenure as party Chairman.
In addition, his capacity to hold Legacy Parties together and ability to manage the structures of the Merged party up to and including the conducted convention were exemplary. No praise is too high for Chief Akande. Thank you sir.
I would also like this gathering to join me in thanking the Convention Committee led by His Excellency, Alhaji Aliyu, Magatakarda Wamako, Governor of Sokoto State for the conduct of our just conducted convention. Thank you, sir.
May I address a few words to our newly elected members? Our supporters and party have high expectations of you. We in the APC expect nothing less from you than to steer this party through successful primaries and successful General elections in 2015.
· We expect quality directives to state chapters of the APC;
· We expect justice from the centre in all adjudications;
· We expect timely communication between the centre and the states;
· We expect effective supervision in administrative conduct of state leaderships.
That way we shall be on our way to success, by the grace of God.
Again I wish to congratulate you on your choice and wish you successful tenure and our party success.
General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR