The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media, Garba Shehu, has said that his principal will not support the preferred governorship candidate of Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, Adekunle Akinlade.
Shehu pointed out that Buhari, as leader of the ruling party, would only support a candidate of the APC.
Shehu disclosed this in a statement released after Amosun and Akinlade’s visit to the presidential villa on Sunday.
He 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.
“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.”
The duo had prior to Sunday’s visit, met with the president alongside Yusuf Dantalle, chairman of Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Dantalle had presented a letter to the president from his party, endorsing him as their presidential candidate during that meeting.
Akinlade defected to the party as he could not secure the governorship candidate, hence, the rift between Amosun and Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).