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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

2023: Buhari boasts, says APC ‘ll win all elections fairly, squarely

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress (APC), will win all positions fairly and squarely in the 2023 general elections.

The President also assured the ruling APC and its candidates in the elections next year that he is ready at all times to campaign for the presidential candidate and all party candidates with “full energy and conviction.”

This assurance according to the statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu is to dispel expressed concerns in certain quarters that the President has not featured in campaigns since the national launch in Jos, Plateau State and to stress that while he remains committed to party politics, the functions and duties of the President will equally be upheld at times.

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Speaking to the Nigerian community in Washington DC in the course of his recent visit to the United States, President Buhari had stressed what he said all the time that he is ready to campaign for the party’s victory in the general elections next year.

The statement further said that “The President noted that the APC campaigns have so far been the most aggressive in recent history.

“They have been impressive and of a high voltage,” compared to the opposition that seems to be playing catch-up.

“He expressed strong optimism that the party will win all the elections fairly and squarely.”

Meanwhile, the APC has asked law enforcement agencies to immediately commence an investigation into the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership that certain plots to incite violence and derail the 2023 polls are being hatched somewhere.

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The APC Presidential Campaign Council said that by such allegation, it is obvious that the PDP has ‘credible information’ as to those unleashing violence in certain parts of the country.

In a statement by the Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson to Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, the ruling party accused the opposition of operating without an iota of shame or respect for the Nigerian people.

“Instead of continuous apologies for those grievous acts of election rigging, money-laundering and other electoral malpractices, it continues to pontificate.

“Based on its latest Press Statement about having ‘credible information’ about certain individuals plotting to derail the 2023 elections, including acts of arson already perpetrated on the facilities of INEC, we therefore call on the law-enforcement agencies to, as a matter of URGENCY, invite the PDP leaders for immediate questioning. The PDP must provide information regarding:

1. The place and time such a meeting took place and those in attendance.

2. The identities of those who committed these acts of arson on the facilities of INEC.

3. The information must also include the identity of those who sponsored these individuals (if any).

“The PDP should realise that an electioneering process is very serious business and not a time to issue baseless and infantile statements out of want of something to say to the Nigerian people. The Nigerian people have since grown weary of the antics of the PDP.

“We suspect that the latest alarm by the PDP is one of a long list of diversionary measures adopted by the party to deflect attention from its crumbling edifice. Just yesterday, the major leaders of the PDP in Katsina State led by a former Katsina State Governor, Mr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema, and 10 out of the 14-member working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the party’s rally in the State and today they issue this statement to deflect attention from that disaster.

“We also state that this gimmick is nothing but crying wolf when there is none. We have said in an earlier statement on this issue some weeks ago that this is the same unnecessary scare-mongering tactics and crass vituperations they employed and engaged in before the 2019 election which led to their crushing defeat.

“We also said before and we repeat it here that ASIWAJU Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a thoroughbred democrat and one of the major architects of the democracy PDP and Nigerians enjoy today, so he should be the VERY LAST of the Presidential candidates to be accused of undemocratic conduct or underhand dealings in the electoral process.

“The PDP should not joke or play politics with grave  security matters. Having ‘credible information’ as to plots and individuals relating to the attack on INEC offices currently, further plots to disrupt elections is, indeed, a matter of national security.

“This is therefore, a notice to our law-enforcement agencies to immediately invite the PDP leaders for questioning. After all, it takes a thief to catch a thief!”

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