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Fashola distances self from 2023 presidency online campaign poster

By Waliat Musa
27 September 2021   |   4:11 am
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged well-meaning people to disregard the invitation of some groups operating under The Nigeria Project 2023, purportedly to the inauguration of a support group...

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Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged well-meaning people to disregard the invitation of some groups operating under The Nigeria Project 2023, purportedly to the inauguration of a support group for the minister and Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, over the 2023 elections.

Social media was awash at the weekend with a poster from the group allegedly presenting the minister and governor as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of an unnamed political party.

In a statement, yesterday, the Special Adviser, Communications, to the minister, Hakeem Bello, said: “It became necessary to issue this disclaimer for two key reasons. The first of such was to answer with a strong negative to the numerous inquiries from right thinking and well-meaning Nigerians on whether the minister had been contacted or if the groups had his consent in issuing the invitation.”

“Without equivocation, no individual or group has contacted the minister for or on behalf of The Nigeria Project 2023. As Minister, Mr. Fashola is currently focused on leading his dedicated team in the Ministry of Works and Housing to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari for an expanded and upgraded road transport infrastructure; and an affordable housing nationwide in order to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the citizenry.

“Secondly, entities unknown to a political party cannot present candidates on behalf of such a political party. As a ranking and loyal member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the individual and groups cited as promoters of The Nigeria Project 2023 are unknown to the APC and the minister.

“Against the backdrop of the foregoing, the minister urges members of the public to be wary of the antics of unsolicited individuals and support groups whose real intentions remain questionable. Every support possible should be given to the efforts of the current administration under the leadership of President Buhari to deliver a better nation for all.”