The face of former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) is all over the Federal Capital Territory with posters announcing him as the consensus presidential candidate of the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress in the 2015 elections surfaced in Abuja on Monday, and mostly seen at Asokoro and Maitama districts of the city.
Buhari has however asked his followers and members of the APC to disregard the posters, saying they were pasted by those he described as enemies of democracy.
According to him, the coming together of the opposition political parties was already giving the ruling party headaches, adding that it was evident that “there are enemies around the corner.”
A close look at the posters by Punch revealed that those behind the posters made a mistake of misspelling the acronym of APC as “APG”, but the posters carried the logo of APC, and described Buhari as the only saviour of Nigeria.
Inscription on one of the posters read, “2015: Here comes the only saviour for Nigeria. APG candidate for 2015 presidential election.
“Support the All Progressive Congress. Support Buhari: The only man for the job.”
A group, Forum of all Progressive Congress Youths, sponsored the campaign.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin who spoke on behalf of Buhari said the posters did not emanate from him.
He noted that there was no way the APC could come up with the idea of consensus, adding that those who had been preaching consensus and automatic tickets might be responsible for the posters.
“The enemy is at the corner. Those posters did not come from the General and he was not behind them. In APC, we would do direct primary to pick our presidential candidate. We would not use consensus to pick our candidate for the presidential election,” Fashakin said.
“It is the Peoples Democratic Party that has been calling for automatic tickets for its aspirants and that President Goodluck Jonathan should be its automatic candidate. In APC, that is alien to us. Nigerians and our supporters should not be varied away because of the posters. Definitely, the enemy is around the corner.”