Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for demonstrating genuine support and the desired goodwill for the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Oshiomhole made the remark while speaking to State House correspondents following a closed-door meeting with the president in Abuja on Friday.
The former APC national chairman stated that he was in the State House to express formal appreciation to President Donald Trump for his determination and commitment to the APC ahead of the 2023 elections.
As a result, Oshiomhole praised the Nigerian leader for his determination to remain at the forefront of the task of ensuring that the APC retains power for the sustenance and consolidation of its illustrious legacies.
He expressed complete confidence in the party’s flagbearer’s ability to win a landslide victory at the polls.
According to him, all 23 APC governors are working tirelessly to ensure Tinubu’s success in the 2023 general elections, whereas the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is supported by only about seven PDP governors.
”So, if you ask me how we are doing, we are doing very well. Whereas the other is now battling with five governors that backed out and you find out how many governors they have, we have 23.
”Now, if you add 23 to five, I’m not saying the five are with us, but we have 23 with five, I guess that’s 28. If you subtract 28 from 36, it means only eight governors, in fact, seven, because the other one in APGA is not there.
“So, while he has seven governors working for him, we have 23 working for us and we have five who are neutral. You know when you are voting, when I was in ILO, you vote for, against or you abstain. Abstinence is as good as voting against.
“So, however, you look at it, our campaign is going smoothly and the message is very clear. It’s very clear, it cannot be better.
”You saw us yesterday in Owerri. For me that was perhaps one of the best outings we’ve had.
”You listened to our candidate, you listened to those who spoke in Owerri, some of them offered to contribute towards the campaign because their concerns have been addressed by the APC candidate,” he said.
According to Oshiomhole, Tinubu is popular in the Southeast because the APC will continue to address the region’s socioeconomic and political concerns.
He said: ”Election is about interest, whoever will address your interests, not religious sentiment, not ethnic sentiment, because hunger doesn’t have religious affiliation; unemployment does not have religious affiliation.
”Whoever will address your concerns, if you are a trader, whoever would make sure that the ports work more efficiently, you don’t have to pay toll to all kinds of people, that is the kind of person you want.
“Government is about providing those assets. We must talk about enabling environment and our candidate has laid out how he will do it,” he said.
Oshiomhole, the Deputy Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, believed that Atiku had made numerous mistakes that would pave the way for the APC to easily win the presidential election in 2023.
According to him, the PDP presidential candidate has hurt the opposition party’s chances by offending some of those who should be strong supporters of his campaign.
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