You don’t have my support, Buhari reads riot act to Sha’aban, Gudaji, others


By Aminu Kutama

President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that he will campaign for members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting the 2023 general elections. 

The president in a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he will not recognize former members of the party or politicians who have court cases against the APC.

The statement partly read, “Buhari remains a “disciplined soldier” of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and will, in all the coming elections, support only those candidates fielded by the party and no other.

“This is a warning to decamped party members and some others who are still in court against official candidates of the APC that they are on their own and nobody outside the party tent should link what they are doing to President Buhari.
“The President wishes to be quoted as saying that he is the “occupant of the high office of the President by the Grace of God who used the instrumentality of the APC to bring him to power with a historic verdict in 2015.”

“In 2019, he was returned with a bigger majority. For the first time, a non-PDP government came to power with a huge majority after 16 years of the Fourth Republic. His constant refrain is: “I will not betray or undermine my party by supporting candidates other than those of the APC.””

President Buhari stressed that his statement is not against any particular candidate. However, he noted that his stand is clear that “only those candidates fielded by the All Progressives Candidates, APC will enjoy the support of the President and they are the ones he will campaign for. However, we welcome support for our candidates at all levels by other parties”.

The President said he will continue to support the party at all levels to enforce discipline, synchronization and coordination.

He also directed officials in and around the Presidential Villa and all those engaging in loose talk to resist making controversial statements that eventually end up hurting the party and the government, thereby providing a weapon for the opposition to use against the administration, the party or its candidates in the coming elections.

Sahelian Times recalls that two members of the House of Representatives, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada and Muhammad Gudaji Kazaure who defected to the ADP and ADC respectively, have claimed to have the president’s consent in pursuing their ambitions in the opposition parties

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