The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu is facing opposition in his party in the state but he is not having things easier nationally as President Muhammadu Buhari who is known to not abhor corruption has reportedly told Audu, who has been at different times alleged of corruption, to remove his (Buhari’s) pictures from all the campaign and promotional materials for the election.
According to Per Second News, a statement from the Presidency said: “The attention of the president has been drawn to the pictures and news flying around that President Muhammadu Buhari has adopted the candidature of Prince Audu Abubakar. Let it be known that the President has not endorsed the candidature of both the APC Bayelsa and Kogi candidates; he is yet to do the official endorsement pending when all the conditions of His Excellency are met.
“His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari has therefore ordered the removal of his pictures from the campaign materials of Prince Audu Abubakar and has directed the Director General Prince Audu Abubakar Campaign Organization to comply with this directive effective immediately,” the statement signed by presidential media aide Femi Adesina, said.
The president had backed out of the National campaign committee of Prince Abubakar Audu at a recent meeting with the APC stakeholders, owing to the integrity of the candidate and his unconvinced answer to the allegation of the embezzlement of N11 billion by the EFCC.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, who was said to have been made head of the National Campaign Committee for the coming Kogi governorship election for APC, reportedly opted out at the last minute of the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, apparently due to similar reasons. The APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, had since appointed Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State as the chairman of the campaign committee in place of Osinbajo.