President Muhammadu Buhari says he 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.
The president made his position known in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, in Abuja. The Nigerian leader also warned decamped party members and some others who are still in court against official candidates of the APC that they are on their own and that nobody outside the party should link what they are doing to him.
The statement read in part: “The Presidency wishes to put it on record, and at the same time, reassure faithful party members that President Muhammadu 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. His constant refrain is: `I will not betray or undermine my party by supporting candidates other than those of the APC”.
According to the presidential aide, this statement is not against any particular candidate. “The President says he will continue to support the party at all levels to enforce discipline, synchronisation and coordination”, the statement added.
Shehu quoted the president as directing officials in and around the Presidential Villa and all those engaging in loose talk to resist making controversial statements. He said such statements may 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.