By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—THE Presidency, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign only for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming general elections in the country.
The Presidency also explained that President Buhari being the nation’s leader, will not turn down any courtesy call or offers of support from the citizens, stressing that the more support he gets, the wider the margin of his victory will be.
The presidency’s statement came few hours after the Ogun State governor Ibikunle Amosun visited the President with the Ogun State APM governorship candidate in the forthcoming election at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But the presidency in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja said, “Following repeated media enquiries on the matter, the Presidency wishes to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a party leader and a candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections, President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign for the party and all its candidates.
“This however does not mean that he, as the nation’s leader, will decline courtesy calls or offers of support from citizens including candidates flying the flags of other parties.
“There is no doubt that the President has no competition here in terms of popularity in the coming elections. But the more support he gets, the wider the margin of victory there will be.
“So please let there be no confusion about this. President Buhari is APC.
“He will campaign for all APC candidates, but he welcomes support and endorsements.”
Amosun presents Ogun APM gov candidate
Meanwhile, Governor Amosun has been having running battle with the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over succession issue.
Akinlade, before moving to APM, was governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC but lost to the preferred aspirant by the national body of the party, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, who eventually emerged as the APC governorship candidate for Ogun State.
Speaking with State House correspondents on the visit to the President, Amosun said: “It is to come and formally say Happy new year to Mr. President and to reassure him of our unalloyed support.
“It is to also tell him that in the coming elections in the contest of South West Ogun State will not be left behind. We are going to give him massive votes that have never been seen in the history of Ogun State. That is what we are here to reassure him and of course you see the candidate of APM with me; this is not the first time to come and say hello to Mr. President.
“But this is a new year and we just thought it would be appropriate, particularly, when we all know we are working hand in hand with Mr. President to make sure that he wins the state. As I said the last time that we are not God but I know that Mr. President has already won the coming election because his work speaks for him.
“Mr. President doesn’t need to still run around, his work is everywhere. Infrastructure are now in place and gradually Mr. President is bringing back the middle class. The revolution he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, N-power, GEEP, Market money and many others.”
Recall that Governor Amosun had on the 24th December, 2018 led the National Chairman of APM, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle to the Presidential Villa to submit a letter adopting Buhari as the party’s presidential candidate.