President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind close-doors with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state and the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Picture of the trio displaying 4+4 symbol for the President’s re-election in the February 16 presidential election has been trending on the social media after the meeting.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said they were at the Presidential Villa to wish the President happy New Year and reassure him of their unalloyed support in the forthcoming elections.
He said: “It is to come and formally say Happy new year to Mr. President and to reassure him of our unalloyed support. It is to also tell him that in the coming elections in the contest of South West, Ogun State will not be left behind.
“We are going to give him massive votes that have never been seen in the history of Ogun State. That is what we are here to reassure him and of course you see the Candidate of APM with me, yes this is not the first time we have come to say hello to Mr. President but this is a new year and we just think it would be appropriate, particularly we all know we are working hand in hand with Mr President to make sure that he wins the state.
“As I said the last time I was here that we are not God but i know that Mr. President has already won the coming election because his work speaks for him. Mr. President doesn’t need to still run around his work is everywhere.
“Infrastructures are now in place and gradually Mr. President is bringing back the middle class, the revolution he is bringing to bear in agriculture, all the social safety nets that he is bringing on board, Npower, GEEP, Market money and many others. People that ordinarily have been running around begging for money are now employers of labour themselves and that is the way to go if we must get it right as a nation.”
Also speaking, the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, said the President would get massive support from the party because he has done well in the last three and half years.
“He is a very wonderful person and someone that I have deep respect for and as a father of the nation, I must say very clearly that I am impressed with what I saw very down to earth human being.
“For us in Ogun State you are aware that our party the APM adopted him as our Presidential candidate and so what we just tried to do today is to reassure him that what we have done still stands and we are working very hard to make sure that he wins in Ogun state.
“And what we taking away is to tell our people that he is doing very well and by God’s grace come February 16 we will vote and he will win that election in sha Allah,” he said.