President Buhari has stated that he will not campaign or support any candidate that is not flying the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The development put a tagger in the heart of Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun who had hoped to get the president's support for his candidate, Adekunle Akinlade.

Although Amosun is the senatorial candidate of the APC, he has vowed to work against his party in the governorship election.

This follows a face-off with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole during and after the primaries.

The governor had previously met with Buhari alongside Akinlade and then with the national chairman of APM, Yusuf Dantalle.

Mr Dantalle presented a letter adopting the president as the candidate of the party in the 2019 election.

Amosun and Akinlade again met with Buhari on Sunday at the President’s official residence.

He told State House correspondents that he was at the Villa “to just wish the President a Happy New year” and assure him of their loyalty.

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The president in reaction to media inquiries following the repeated meetings of Buhari with the Ogun APM candidate said he will work for all APC candidates.

This was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President.

The statement further notes that in campaigning for his party does not mean President Buhari will not carry out his duty as the nation’s leader. According to the presidency’s brief, the president will not “decline courtesy calls or offers of support from citizens including candidates flying the flags of other parties”.

“There is no doubt that the President has no competition here in terms of popularity in the coming elections. But the more support he gets, the wider the margin of victory there will be. So please let there be no confusion about this. President Buhari is APC. He will campaign for all APC candidates, but he welcomes support and endorsements,” he added.

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