President Muhammadu Buhari asked the Bola Tinubu Campaign Council to exclude Vice president Yemi Osinbajo from the list of the campaign council, the campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo said at the weekend.
The clarification came upon insinuations as to why Osinbajo was excluded from the composition of the council.
Keyamo said the exclusion was to allow the vice-president concentrate on governance. The same directive according to Keyamo caused it that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha was also excluded.
Keyamo who is the minister of state for labour and employment and has been very active in the campaign was, however, not affected by the directive.
Explaining how Buhari asked the campaign council to exclude Osinbajo from the Tinubu Campaign, Keyamo said:
He said: “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.
“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.”
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