NIGERIA’S ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the recent 2023 presidential election campaign posters of some of its leading members
Over the last week, posters have appeared in Abuja indicating that several leading APC members will be running for president. Among those names and images appeared on posters include APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, party chairman Adams Oshiomhole and the Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai.
However, the APC has dissociated itself and its members from the posters, saying the PDP circulated them to achieve a failed devilish aim. APC publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said that the party’s members were focused on governance and delivery on its mandate instead of issues around 2023 elections.
Mallam Issa-Onilu added: “As a party, we want to state clearly that having won elections convincingly and having been given the mandate to run government for the next four years, our major and only focus now is governance. It is strictly part of the strategy of a party that is supposed to provide alternative to our governance model and since they do not have such, the only thing they can do is to continue to throw spanners in the works.
“So, we urge all our members to focus on what is important to us and so we dissociate ourselves and our leaders from such issues that have to do with elections.”
Also, the APC governors have denied that there is crack in the presidency following the holding of a meeting in Abuja. Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the inauguration of the Progressives Governors Forum Media and Communication Steering Committee, denied insinuations of a strained relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Governor Sanwoolu said: “There is no crack, it is in the realm of gossips. By the time they said that, the vice president went to Zimbabwe to represent this country.
“It was the prerogative of the President but he nominated him. So, we don’t listen to rumours, we deal with facts and the fact is that they are working together.”