The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari directed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Tinubu’s presidential campaign list.
Recall, the council list, which comprises about 422 members, was released on Friday, September 23, 2022, by the presidential campaign council Secretary, James Faleke.
But Missing from the list is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who contested against Tinubu at the APC presidential primary.
This has lead generated alot of controversies in the political space. While some said the reason why Osinbajo’s name is not in the list was because he is not in support of the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party, others said he is still nursing the pain of losing to Tinubu who was his former boss.
However, reacting to the development in to a statement signed by Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo SAN, who is the Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, said the President gave the directive so that both men can concentrate on the running of government.
He also said the 422-man campaign team is not final and is subject to review in the days ahead.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council”.
“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government.
“As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.
“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.
“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs,” the statement said.