By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE Presidency Monday night denied the report that Service Chiefs attended the launching of the Buhari/Osinbajo Next Level campaign flag off ceremony.
President Buhari on Sunday at the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja flagged off of the campaign for his re-election in the 2019 general elections.
The camp of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had criticized the presence of service chiefs at the campaign rally.
But reacting to the media report, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the service chiefs left the venue of the launching before the programme started.
According to him, “Punch should have asked what brought the Service Chiefs to the “Next Level 2019” event at the State House, only to leave before it got underway.
“They were mistaken in their assumption that this was a non-political event, to showcase the achievements of the administration, the success of which they are a part.
“Hardly were they seated than did the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan AlI (Rtd) ask them to leave as this was a political gathering.
“They quickly left, even before the arrival of the President and for the event to get under way.
“The fuss over this is therefore absolutely unnecessary.” he added