Senator Ibikunle amosun, representing Ogun Central, has disowned campaign posters suggesting that he was planning to contest the 2023 presidential election.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, on Thursday afternoon, the former governor of Ogun state said: “It definitely belies logic that such a move would be my preoccupation or in any way linked to me, when indeed I have not spent a year in my current assignment as the Senator representing Ogun Central District.”
Describing the poster as “sheer distraction”, Amosun went on to describe anyone nursing a presidential ambition at this time as an enemy of the Nigerian State who has ill intentions for President Muhammadu Buhari who is just in the first year of his second term.
According to the senator, “it goes without saying that anyone nursing a Presidential ambition at a time President Muhammadu Buhari has just begun to consolidate on the successes of his first term, is not only an enemy of the Nigerian State, but clearly does not desire any good for Mr President.”
He added: “As a Senator, my hands are full and I am committed to working with fellow patriots on how best to move our nation forward by supporting and working with President Buhari. There is a time for everything. The time to address 2023 is clearly not anywhere close.”
Amosun is not the only chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) whose unconfirmed 2023 presidential ambition have been published. Posters of a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, have been so sighted. None of them has however identified with the campaigns.