2023: ‘No Villa candidates, only APC candidates’ – Presidency

….Tells those in court against party candidates “You’re on your own” 

The Presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari, as a ‘disciplined soldier’ of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in all the coming elections, supports only those candidates fielded by the party and no other.

According to an issued statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the clarification became necessary in order to put it on record, and at the same time, reassure faithful party members.

He said: “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, adding that 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.

“This statement is not against any particular candidate. However, our 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 from other parties. The President says he will continue to support the party at all levels to enforce discipline, synchronisation and coordination”.

“He also directs 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”, the statement added.

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