The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the claims by opposition parties and others that President Muhammadu Buhari has abdicated his responsibility to lead the presidential campaign of the party. President Buhari had earlier said he had handed over his campaigns for the 2019 presidential election to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to enable him to attend to governance. The Guardian reports that this has led to insinuations in some quarters that the president has abdicated his responsibility.
For instance, the national chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, “something is wrong” with the move. He said: “There are three ways one can explain this: It is the character of the man to shirk responsibility or we have a zombie in the Villa, whom the cabals are in complete control of, or this whole clone or body-double thing is not a mirage. Certainly, something is wrong.” Also, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) insisted that Tinubu’s appointment indicates that President Buhari is unfit to govern the country.
Its convener, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said that it was odd for the president to hire a proxy to canvass for votes for him. However, the APC’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, explained that President Buhari would surely partake in the party’s campaigns across the country, notwithstanding his tight schedule. The ruling party wondered why President Buhari is being misunderstood over his resolve to mandate Tinubu to lead its campaign council across the country. Issa-Onilu said the role assigned to Tinubu was aimed at ensuring that issues relating to governance are not sacrificed for political campaigns. His words: “The president himself said he would be actively involved in the campaigns, but that the wellbeing of Nigerians is more paramount to him than the politics of his re-election for another term of four years.
That explains the decision to mandate the national leader of our party to oversee the day-to-day running of the campaign council. “You don’t expect the president to be involved in the planning of campaign logistics involving transportation, food, drinks, and entertainment by artists at the campaign grounds. This was what he meant. The president, who is the leader of the party, remains the leader and would do everything to ensure the successes of our campaign.” The APC’s spokesperson said that Tinubu has the wherewithal to lead top notchers of the party to ensure its success at the elections.