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Buhari will campaign for all APC candidates

President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign for all All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the 2019 general elections,  the Presidency clarified on Sunday evening.

Presidential spokesman,  Garba Shehu, said in a statement said as party leader Buhari remained committed to.the success of APC candidates.

Shehu was speaking against the backdrop of a visit by non-APC candidates to Aso Rock Villa.

Shehu’s full statement reads:

Following repeated media enquiries on the matter, the Presidency wishes to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a party leader and a candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections, President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign for the party and all its candidates.

This however does not mean that he, as the nation’s leader, will decline courtesy calls or offers of support from citizens including candidates flying the flags of other parties.

There is no doubt that the President has no competition here in terms of popularity in the coming elections. But the more support he gets, the wider the margin of victory there will be.

So please let there be no confusion about this. President Buhari is APC.

He will campaign for all APC candidates, but he welcomes support and endorsements.


Amosun, Ogun APM governorship candidate meet Buhari in Aso Rock

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, went into another closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Sunday.

It was the fourth of such meetings in the last few weeks.

This time around, Amosun went to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to meet with Buhari in company with the Allied Peoples Movement governorship candidate in Ogun State for next month’s election, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade,

As the meeting rose, State House correspondents accosted the governor, who claimed that his mission was to wish Buhari a “Happy New Year.”

He also stated that he restated his support and loyalty to Buhari at the meeting.

Amosun spoke more, “It is to come and formally say Happy new year to Mr President and to reassure him of our unalloyed support.

“It is to also tell him that in the coming elections in the contest of South-West, Ogun State will not be left behind. We are going to give him massive votes that have never been seen in the history of Ogun State.

“That is what we are here to reassure him and of course you see the  candidate of APM with me, yes this not the first time we have come to say hello to Mr President but this is a new year and we just think it would be appropriate, particularly we all know we are working hand in hand with Mr President to make sure that he wins the state.

“As I said the last time I was here that we are not God but I know that Mr President has already won the coming election because his work speaks for him.

“Mr President doesn’t need to still run around his work is everywhere. Infrastructures are now in place and gradually Mr President is bringing back the middle class, the revolution he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, N-Power, GEEP,  Market Money and many others.

“People that ordinarily have been running around begging for money are now employers of labour themselves and that is the way to go if we must get it right as a nation.”

Editor, reporter arrested as soldiers invade Daily Trust offices in Abuja, Borno

Soldiers on Sunday invaded the head office of Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja and its regional office in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

The reason for the invasion is yet to be known, but the armed soldiers arrested Uthman Abubakar, the newspaper’s regional editor, and Ibrahim Sawab, a reporter.

The soldiers barricaded the gate of the regional office, after arresting the two editorial staff.

Hours after shutting down the Maiduguri office, another set of soldiers invaded the head office, carting away computers and ordering all members of staff to leave the newsroom.

A witness said the soldiers requested to see Hamza Idris, Daily Trust’s political editor.

The editor’s byline appeared on the newspaper’s Sunday lead story about the military operation in the north-east.

When TheCable reached out to Sani Usman over the development, the army spokesman said he will “find out” what is going on.

Following the invasion, Daily Trust took its social media pages to demand the release of its members of staff.

“Whereabouts of #DailyTrust staff unknown,” the newspaper tweeted.

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invasion: Whereabouts of staff unknown  via @daily_trust@MBuhari@NGRPresident@HQNigerianArmy@Gidi_Traffic@FreePress@globalfreemedia@barbara_trionfi@HRW@AmnestyNigeria

Military invasion: Whereabouts of Daily Trust staff unknown – Daily Trust

The whereabouts of Daily Trust staff arrested in its Maiduguri office in Borno state remained unknown after armed Nigerian security agents stormed the office and shut it down on Sunday.