President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has commended 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.
Buhari, who received members of his Media Team and Social Media Influencers at the Defence House, Abuja on Tuesday, was full of praises for the APC Presidential Campaign Media and Publicity members.
He said: “I want to commend you especially for two things. First, is the decent media campaign you conducted. Despite the PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed focused on issues and avoided the temptation to sling mud.”
“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.
Buhari praised Mr. 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 also commended INEC for deploying technology as part of the process of the last election with the use of PVC 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 PVC 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.