National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the 2019 general election campaigns will be based on issues around characters of candidates.
Oshiomhole, who stated this while briefing State House Correspondents on Friday, after meeting with President Muhamamdu Buhari, said the issues of ethnicity and religion will have no roles to play.
“This elections will be about what the two main candidates who are very familiar with the Presidency will have to offer the electorate.
“It will focus on character and integrity of the key candidates.
“This edition is going to be focusing on character, integrity of those who want to govern us”.
While President Muhammadu Buhari is flying the flag of the APC, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is presenting former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate.
The APC Chairman disclosed that the party was fully ready to flag off the campaigns soon, but did not indicate the exact date for the flag off of the campaigns.
“We are fully ready, we are done with our primaries and filled our nominations. As you know, INEC still has a window between now and First week of January to deal with issues of substitution. But as for the campaigns, we are ready,” he said.
He assured that the party will announce the date for the flag off soon.
His words: “The date and programme for our campaigns will be announced soon and we will speak to the issues. My idea of kick-off will be the day we will do our first presidential rally where Mr. President as our candidate and other candidates and party leaders will assemble at a venue that will be agreeable to all of us.
“There will be two sets of messages. One, on what we have done in the past, without failing to remind people of where we were before, what we are going to do in the next three years, and a couple of things we believe we will be doing differently.
“We will also tell why we are a better choice. President Buhari if compared to the rest of the aspirants, there is no basis to compare day and night.
“The real issue in this election is not going to be religion. It is not going to be about political party, central to the issue and given our past experience as a country, we know that what makes a difference is the character, the issue of integrity of the candidates.
“All those issues of character, especially looking at the past, the key candidates in the election are not strangers to governance.
They are not even strangers to this villa, so we will be able to ask a couple of questions about what do they know now that they didn’t know then when they had power.
“As they have reunited with their old master, we will remind them of their pasts”.
Oshiomhole, while dismissing the allegations of corruption leveled against him by some of his party members, noted that such allegations were baseless, as they were unsubstantiated.