Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state and the national chairman of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Yusuf Dantalle have confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate of APM for the 2019 election.
This was sealed on Monday when Amosun and Dantalle presented a letter to Buhari, adopting the President as their candidate for the forthcoming election.
This is sure to raise eyebrows as APM is the party where the preferred governorship candidate of Amosun in Ogun state, Adekunle Akinlade, defected to when he failed to secure the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
The party had last week said it has resolved to resist extension of political hegemony to the state by “external forces” by voting the candidate of their choice in 2019 general elections.
Speaking to state house correspondents after meeting Buhari, Amosun said,
“You will recall that just last week we made public that APM has adopted President Buhari as their presidential candidate. I had promised to bring the letter they had given me to present to him and that is what we came to do today.
“And you know Mr. President is a very gracious human being, he is a man with a good heart. He said if a party has adopted him, it is only fair he acknowledges the party and the chairman. That is why we are here.
“I have said that anybody that is for President Muhammadu Buhari is for me, we will embrace such party, such persons, such organization wholeheartedly and that is what I am doing and that is what we are doing in Ogun state. Clearly Mr. President will have a massive vote in Ogun state in the coming election.”
The governor, however, declined to comment on the threat by Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling party, to expel him. Oshiomhole had taunted APM for campaigning with the pictures of Buhari.
“I don’t want to comment on that. We came for this, let’s restrict ourselves to this. I want my president to win, what else do you want? We must win that is it!”
Dantalle, on his part said the adoption is just a formal thing.
“Personally I believe in him and reason being that I love my country and I don’t have any other country apart from Nigeria,” he said.
“And Buhari is the only man with the sincerity of intent to take Nigeria to the next level. This is not the Nigeria I was born into but I see that Nigeria coming back only though Buhari.”