Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some other party members have not endorsed Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, but the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council has explained why.
Festus Keyamo, the presidential campaign council’s spokesperson, claimed that Osinbajo opted out of the elections because he was following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to focus on governance.
Even though Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, begged to be excused from the demonstrations for “his own reasons,” he continued by saying that he had not participated in any anti-APC campaigns.
Since the APC flagged off its presidential campaign in Jos on November 15, 2022, some members of the party, including the Vice President have not been seen campaigning for the party’s candidate.
Osinbajo, who has been seen attending other social activities, including the recently held centenary celebration of the Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta, Ogun State, had been silent on Tinubu’s campaign since he lost at the party’s primary election.
Even on social media where the VP has a strong base and posts all his major activities, he has never posted any material to show his support for Tinubu’s candidacy.
Similarly, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has also been absent from the campaign train of his party.
According to PUNCH, in reaction to the developments, Keyamo said, “Rotimi Amaechi (former Minister of Transportation) was there in Adamawa State and Jos recently; he has been going to the rallies but he has picked the ones he wants to attend.
“For the Vice President, it was a directive for him to face governance, and you can see Mr President has been going round campaigning. Also, Ngige is not campaigning against our party; he just said he will remain neutral for his own reasons and that is just one minister out of 43.
“We have an absolutely strong coalition in the APC unlike the PDP that has virtually collapsed.”