The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) yesterday disowned a letter purportedly written by its executive members to Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, soliciting for contract jobs for some named companies.
The organisation, which is one of the president’s support groups, described the said letter as attempt by certain political enemies of President Buhari to frustrate its ongoing campaign for the president’s reelection in 2019.
Spokesman of President Buhari’s campaign team, Festus Keyamo (SAN), had on Friday issued a statement, saying the BCO does not have the mandate of Buhari in writing the letter to the minister for jobs for some companies so as to help meet its financial pressure.
But in a statement issued yesterday by its Director of Communications and Strategic Planning, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, the BCO distanced itself from the letter, noting that it did not emanate from its office.
Ibrahim said, “Our attention has been drawn to a letter purportedly written and signed by our National Coordinator, National Patron and Chairman, BOT, to the Honourable Minister of Works, Power and Housing seeking for contract jobs. Let it be made clear here that there was no time the BCO decided to generate funds or mandate anybody to write a letter on its behalf to the minister.
“It is either those behind the fake letter chose to forge the signature of our leaders in crafting the missive to use the name of the BCO to make financial fortune for themselves or are trying to frustrate our ongoing campaign for President Buhari’s reelection. Whichever way, it is apparent that the enemies of the president are at work”.
Ibrahim further noted that members of the BCO are responsible citizens who make a living in their various jobs and profession and have been contributing funds to champion the second term bid of the president.
“The sacrifice we are making is borne out of the conviction that President Buhari is the kind of leader Nigeria needs at the moment. The president has purged the Nigerian system of corrupt elements and we are convinced that if given another four years, he will change the country and make it a better place for all.
“This singular belief is what drives our members to be steadfast in its campaign for him. We have never received a dime from the president or anyone close to him to canpaign for him and we don’t intend to do so.
“Even if the BCO feels constrained to seek help, it would rather approach the president who has been following the activities of the group in the past years instead of going through the back door as the authors of the fake letter are trying to paint us.
“We therefore urge the public to disregard the said letter, as it did not emanate from any of our members. We also want to assure Mr President of our unflinching support for him and that we shall continue to do our best to convince Nigerians that a second term for him is a brighter and prosperous future for them”.
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