The media arm of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign, BMO, has declared that no politician in Nigeria enjoys a “cult-like” followership like the President.
BMO said Buhari’s cult-like followers was reason the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, South East governors and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were supporting Buhari. In a statement by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, BMO hailed what it described as the “legendary integrity” of Buhari.
BMO wondered why it was increasingly difficult for PDP candidates to identify with their presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the forthcoming election. The statement reads: “It is a known fact that there is no living politician with the cult-like followership and support Buhari has in some parts of the country as a result of his legendary integrity, so it is not a surprise that several PDP candidates in Northern Nigeria have been openly canvassing for the President’s re-election.
“The question begging for answer is: why are these candidates not campaigning for Atiku Abubakar or put his image on their campaign posters? We are aware of some disquiet among APC members on seeing the picture of the President with Governor Amosun and the APM candidate on the front page of national dailies after the weekend meeting at the Presidential villa.
“But just as the Presidency has made it clear that the President would only back APC candidates, we don’t see the meeting as a contradiction of the stance. It in fact shows the acceptability that President Buhari enjoys across party lines as opposed to the recent stage-managed endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Atiku Abubakar by insignificant political parties and politicians with no real electoral value.
“Although the meeting was meant to be one where the governors were to show appreciation for federal government projects in the region, especially the contract award for the second Niger Bridge, it came at a time the political figures were at odds with their parties. On individual basis, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, has publicly left no one in doubt about his positive relations with the President whom he has hailed on several occasions for the infrastructural strides in the region, and of late his Enugu counterpart Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been pictured wearing a lapel pin with President Buhari’s image.
“What is now left is for the governors and Senator Ekweremadu to be pictured with the viral 4 + 4 hand sign.”
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