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Non-inclusion of Osinbajo’s Name in APC Presidential Campaign Council List Was as Directed by Buhari, Says Keyamo

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Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the non-inclusion of the name of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from the list of the Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to comments that the absence of the name of the vice president and some other top members of the party in the list of the 422-member council released by Hon. James Faleke, the Presidential Campaign Council secretary on Friday could mean a crack within the party, Keyamo said, “nothing can be farther from the facts.”

The minister of state for Labour and Employment, in a statement titled “Absence Of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo From Campaign Council List No Cause For Concern”, 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.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“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, Keyamo added.

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