The All Progressives Congress presidential campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, on Saturday, assured Nigerians that the ruling party would be committed to issue-based campaigns for the 2023 presidential election.
This is as he clarified that despite tactics from opposition parties, the APC will stick to issues and run a clean campaign for next year’s election.
Keyamo, who is also the Minister of State for Labor and Productivity, gave the assurance on his Twitter page on Saturday in response to statements of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization’s spokesperson, Dino Melaye, during a recent interview.
The minister said the APC would refrain from calling opposition parties and their presidential candidates’ names, adding that an abusive campaign was a “sign of frustration”.
He wrote, “We’ll run a clean campaign. We’ll not use abusive words on our opponents & their spokespersons. We’ll refrain from calling those who Nigerians think & say they look stupid with their gaffs as such.
“Abuses on a campaign trail are a sign of frustration. We will stick to the issues.”
Applesbite had on July 7, 2022, reported that Keyamo said electing APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in 2023 will correct “the June 12, 1993 election anomaly”.
The June 12 1993 presidential election was won by the late philanthropist, Chief M.K.O Abiola. However, the election was annulled by the military junta headed by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd), for inconsiderate reasons.
Going down memory lane, Keyamo said that with those currently vying to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), only the former Lagos State governor was at the forefront of the battle for the June 12 mandate.