Kogi state governor, Idris Wada, was so joyous that President Muhammadu Buhari stayed away from the governorship rally of the All Progressives Congress, that he had to release two statements to the effect.
Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, ridiculed his challenger, Audu Abubakar, stating that President Buhari doesn’t want to be tainted by corruption, hence his absence.
Wada said Buhari’s absence at the rally had reinforced the belief of the electorate about the seriousness of the current administration’s commitment to the fight against corruption.
The governor’s first statement was put out by his Chief Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu.
“It is gratifying that President Muhammadu Buhari heeded our advice and refused to identify with APC candidate for Saturday’s governorship election.
His decision to stay away from campaigning for a candidate that is being tried for corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reinforced the belief of the electorate in Kogi that the current administration is beginning to show commitment to fight corruption.”
“Any attempt by Buhari to show public support for Prince Abubakar Audu would not only be a disservice to Nigeria, but will send a clear signal that the wobbly anti-corruption war of the current administration is finally dead.
Shaibu added that Audu had been facing trial for allegedly stealing money to the tune of N11bn meant for the development of Kogi State.”
The second statement was released through his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Jacob Edi, who said Buhari’s absence reaffirmed his integrity and belief by Nigerians that he’s serious about fighting corruption.
“Buhari has chosen to sit on his integrity and his absence is a statement that he has zero tolerance for corruption and will not be part of any corrupt practice and arrangement.”