The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, may have hinted that the underwhelming performance of the candidates of the All Progressive Congress in the governorship election was due to his principal’s refusal to openly support the party candidates.
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Obviously speaking against the backdrop of the defeat of the party candidate in Sokoto where Governor Aminu Tambuwal was re-elected, Gov. Umar Ganduje’s re-election from the jaw of defeat in Kano and the imminent loss of Gov. Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi to his Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Bala Muhammed, Bashir ascribed the not-too impressive results APC posted to Buhari’s failure to cave in to pressure to mobilise support for the party candidates.
The President’s aide revealed this in a tweet via his twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.
He wrote: “In politics you can never be fair to all at the same time; APC wanted #PMB to visit some states after presidential election to campaign for some candidates of the party, all set, last minute he canceled and said people should be allowed to vote for whoever they want, but not because of him.
“After the governorship election on March 9th, some candidates of his APC and their supporters weren’t happy, they blamed him for not doing enough to help his party to win, while opposition were hailing him, saying that “he’s a President for all” and that’s how it should be.
“Few days to supplementary elections, we wanted President Buhari to record a short video asking people to come out and vote for candidates of his party, the APC, which is very right, again he declined and issued a statement saying that people should vote leaders of their choice.
“In short; for elections which President Buhari isn’t even on the ballot paper, he has received blames both from his party and opposition, all because he decided not to interfere in the process.
“In politics, when one side is hailing you, the other will be blaming you.”