President Muhammadu Buhari’s candidates are those of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun and Imo states, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the party, has declared.
Oshiomhole made the declaration on Friday against the backdrop of the use of the picture of the president in the campaign posters of Kunle Akinlade of the Allied People’s Movement in Ogun and Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance in Imo State.
The two governorship candidates in their respective states defected to their parties from the APC claiming that they were denied of the mandate given to them to represent the party at the 2019 general election.
They are however enjoying the support of their governors –Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo) respectively against the wish of the APC.
In Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is the candidate of the APC while Hope Uzodinma is the party’s candidate in Imo State.
Speaking during the flagging off of Uzodinma’s campaign in Imo, Oshiomhole said the use of Buhari’s pictures in the posters of other candidates other than APC’s candidates should be discountenanced.
“Those who are putting Buhari with their faces because they are unknown are fake. Buhari has APC as his party.
“Buhari has adopted Uzodinma as his governorship candidate. We brought you a message of hope not a message of lamentation and family business.
“We have come to deliver the message of hope that although things have gone wrong in the recent past, we have come to say how we will return the governance of the state to the people.”
Oshiomhole said the people of Imo State should expect a change in the political situation in the state where appointment into offices would not be based on the affiliation with those in office.
“The government that is coming will bring development for every son and daughter of Imo. Today is not a concert but a day to pass the message of hope.
“You have a reason for demanding change. You want a governorship candidate whose purpose is to bring development to all Imo people including civil servants who no longer know what a pay day is like.
“In Uzodinma’s government, appointments will be based on merit and not family connection. We will not domesticate happiness in the hands of a few people because all Imo people will be happy,” he said.