2023 Election: Buhari Says He’ll Only Support APC Candidates

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Osaretin Balogban

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will only back the candidates of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the 2023 presidential election.

He also advised candidates outside the party that are seeking his support would be left on their own.

Buhari said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, that anyone making controversial and derogatory comments in the hope of giving other opposition parties an advantage against the candidates of the ruling party would be disciplined accordingly.

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The statement reads: “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.”

The president also warned presidential officials and decamped party members against hurting the interests and chances of the ruling party in the upcoming 2023 presidential election.

“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.”

“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 by other parties.”

“The President says he will continue to support the party at all levels to enforce discipline, synchronization, 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.

Source: The Nation

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