National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday said his party would focus its campaigns on the character and integrity of the two dominant candidates in the 2019 presidential elections.
As campaigns officially kick off next week, President Muhammadu Buhari is flying the flag of the APC, while former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar if the candidates of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, the APC chairman said it was only proper to let Nigerians know they would be voting as the country’s next President.
He said: “We are fully ready, we have done with our primaries and filled our nominations. As you know, INEC still has a window between now and First of January to deal with issues of substitution. As of campaigns, we are ready.
“We are going to announce the date and programme for our campaigns, and 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, party leaders will assemble in 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.
“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.”