The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, yesterday alleged that the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu as well as governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Southeast are working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
While lauding what it described as the “legendary integrity” of the President, the group added that even candidates of the opposition PDP in Northern Nigeria are now canvassing for the reelection of Buhari, who is the All Progressives Congress APC, standard bearer.
It wondered why PDP candidates are finding it difficult to identify with their presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, claiming that PDP governorship and National Assembly candidates in several parts of the country are running their campaign with posters bearing the President’s image.
BMO, in a statement by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said, “It is a known fact that there is no living politician with the cult-like followership and support Buhari has in some parts of the country as a result of his legendary integrity, so it is not a surprise that several PDP candidates in Northern Nigeria have been openly canvassing for the President’s re-election.
“The question begging for answer is: why are these candidates not campaigning for Atiku Abubakar or put his image on their campaign posters?” the advocacy group asked.
It also described Buhari’s meeting with the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun alongside the gubernatorial candidate of the opposition Allied Peoples Movement APM, Adekunle Akinlade, as a positive development, saying it was not necessarily a sign of President Buhari’s endorsement of the APM candidate.
This, the BMO said, is especially as he had before now raised the hand of the APC candidate Dapo Abiodun as his preferred candidate during a recent visit alongside former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba.
“We are aware of some disquiet among APC members on seeing the picture of the President with Governor Amosun and the APM candidate on the front page of national dailies after the weekend meeting at the Presidential villa.
“But just as the Presidency has made it clear that the President would only back APC candidates, we don’t see the meeting as a contradiction of the stance.
“It in fact shows the acceptability that President Buhari enjoys across party lines as opposed to the recent stage-managed endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Atiku Abubakar by insignificant political parties and politicians with no real electoral value,” the statement read.
The pro-Buhari group pointed out that the trend of support for President Buhari among PDP leaders began a few weeks ago with the visit by governors elected on the platform of the opposition party in the South East geo-political zone and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“Although the meeting was meant to be one where the governors were to show appreciation for federal government projects in the region, especially the contract award for the second Niger Bridge, it came at a time the political figures were at odds with their parties.
“On individual basis, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, has publicly left no one in doubt about his positive relations with the President whom he has hailed on several occasions for the infrastructural strides in the region, and of late his Enugu counterpart Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been pictured wearing a lapel pin with President Buhari’s image.
“What is now left is for the governors and Senator Ekweremadu to be pictured with the viral 4 + 4 hand sign.”