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Senator Ahmed Lawan, senate president

Major challenges are ahead of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) by 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari may have left office.

Speaking on Monday at a youth conference organised by the party’s youth wing in Abuja, Ahmed Lawan, the senate president, said Buhari is the one with mass support politicians in the party enjoyed in 2015 and 2019.

The senate president said the youths in the party should play the role of building the APC.

“Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC,” he said.

“When he leaves, he will still have some roles, but I daresay that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.

“Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.

“So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.

“That means we have to see ourselves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.”

The senate president said ethnic background or religion should not matter when it comes to building the country.

“We can ask others to join us, but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck,” he said.

Ahmed Lawan is an APC chieftain holding the third highest political office in Nigeria.

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