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Kachikwu supports no party but APC, says campaign council

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[FILE] The Minister of State for Pretroleum Resources Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu PHOTO: TWITTER/NNPC

Delta State Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s non-commitment to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

While Buhari is the minister of petroleum, Kachikwu is the minister of state.

In a statement made available to the press yesterday, the council affirmed that Kachikwu was neither sitting on the fence nor supporting any other political interest outside the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The statement issued by the director-general, Temi Harriman, and the deputy director-general, Dr. Iyke Odikpo, also elaborated on Kachikwu’s contributions to the APC in the state.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have responded to spurious claims, as we are used to such coordinated media attacks designed to impugn the personality and achievements of the honourable minister, using obscure blogs and online platforms with a faceless element and no affiliation to the party.

“The minister had always insisted that his political affiliation could not threaten his friendship with Nigerians across the board. For the avoidance of doubt, the minister is not ­– overtly or covertly – supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nor is he sitting on the fence. He is irreversibly committed to the re-election of President Buhari and all APC candidates.”

Noting the efforts of the minister in improving the lot of the party in the state, the council stated: “The unparalleled efforts of the minister in repositioning the APC in the state, to make it a viable opposition to the ruling PDP, cannot be over-emphasised.

“While Kachikwu is not someone who craves media attention or flaunts his achievement, it has become expedient to state some of his commitment to not only the campaign but the party.”

The statement affirmed that Dr. Kachikwu, since his appointment as minister, had been able to, through consultations and meetings, make the APC in Delta “a more cohesive and stronger alternative, giving the ruling party a run for its money. The figures from exit polls in the recent elections are a clear testament to this.”


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