By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
President Muhammadu Buhari has handed over his entire re-election campaign team to National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, barely 40 days to the election.
Buhari stressed that the unlike past administrations that often allowed their re-election bid affect governance, he would concentrate on governance allowing the APC national leader to run his daily campaign exercise for him and the party.
The president announced ceding of his campaign structure to Tinubu at the inauguration of Presidential campaign Council on Monday which was also attended by Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Amobode and his campaign Director General, Rotimi Amaechi and others.
He noted that though he would be deeply involved but governance in the country must not be allowed to suffer because the campaign would require that every part of the country be visited for the exercise.
“Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all, because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country. But I must also add that, though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and is going to be on 24-hour vigil.
“That is to say, the operational buck of this campaign stops at his table, and I therefore urge all of us in the leadership of this campaign, in the field operations on the campaign trail and in the secretariat to consult with Asiwaju whenever guidance is needed.
“To my mind, the division of responsibility is clear enough. The Leadership that has formulated the campaign policy will supervise its execution; the Director-General will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the campaign, including field operations; while the Secretary will be responsible for all administrative and treasury-related activities of the council,” he added.
The president however tasked the council members to resist being provoked, remain focused and civil in their campaigns, saying, let us engage our citizens on issues and ask for reflection on the comparative difference between 2015 and 2019 on security, economy and corruption and abuse by those entrusted with leadership in Nigeria.
In his welcome address, Director General (DG) of the President Muhammadu Buhari reelection campaign, Rotimi Ameachi, appealed to Nigerian not to cast a single vote for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in next month presidential election.
Amaechi warnedd that a vote for the PDP was voting for a return to looting of the public treasury which ended since the present administration assumed office.
“I appeal to Nigerians, dont give one vote to the PDP. They are hungry. They cannot stand poverty” adding that what makes APC different from the PDP is that “we arent stealing money”.
He said the reasons why Nigetians are hungry is because the opposition party has stolen all the money meant for the development of Nigeria
Amaechi urged Nigerians to demand from the PDP what they did with the nation’s resources in the 16 years they were in power.
Reeling out the achievement of the the APC led Federal Government, the DG said the party under President Buhari has done well in the fight against corrupt, creation of jobs for the unemployed, growing the economy as well as infrastructure development stressing however that no leader can fix Nigeria in four years.
“The change is a gradual process,” Ameachi said adding “we cant change Nigeria in four years and anybody who says he can change Nigeria in four is lying but we are getting there”.