President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that he has no preferred candidates for the 2023 general elections other than the ones duly elected at the party’s primary.
He made it very clear that he will continue to be a “disciplined statesman/soldier” of the APC “and will, in all the coming elections, support only those candidates fielded by the party and no other.”
A statement today, August 24 by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted him as warning whoever decamped to other parties as well as those who are still in court against official candidates of the APC that they are on their own and nobody outside the party should link what they are doing to him.
The President wanted 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.”
He said that God returned him with a bigger majority in 2019, saying that 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.
“My stand is not against any particular candidate. However, it is clear that only those candidates fielded by the All Progressives Congress, APC, will enjoy my support and I will campaign for him or her. Furthermore, we welcome the support for our candidates from all corners of the country.”
The President said that he will continue to support the party at all levels to enforce discipline and success.
He also directed officials in and around the Presidential Villa and all those engaging in loose talk to desist from making untrue and unfounded statements that will not help the party in any way.