An online news platform has described as false and misleading, the claims by President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), that a key campaign document, “My Covenant With Nigerians” did not emerge from them.
According to Premium Times, it can authoritatively report that the policy and research directorate of the APC presidential campaign, headed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, produced the covenant document. It also reported that Egghead Odewale, who worked at the headquarters of the presidential campaign in Abuja, sent a PDF version of the document to the news platform on March 12 before another campaign official emailed a word version to reporters on March 16.
Vanguard also published Buhari’s covenant with Nigerians on March 17. The newspaper quoted Buhari to have said that his covenant was derived from the manifesto of his party and his on the ground experience during his recent travels across the country.
Premium Times also reported that “The Covenant With Nigeria” was one of the documents the Ahmed Joda-led Transition Committee used in producing an 800-page report which Buhari is believed to rely on as it details the steps he has to take to fix Nigeria.|
Babatunde Fashola, whilst still Lagos governor and was in charge of fundraising for the campaign, referred to the covenant document in a campaign speech delivered on March 23 at a meeting of APC governors at the Banquet Hall of the Imo State Government House, Owerri. Premimu Times, therefore opined that by disowning the document, President Buhari and the APC are not only being dishonest but are also being deceitful.
One of the several promises of President Buhari as contained in one of the documents used in campaigning for him is that he would declare his assets and also make the declaration of assets a precondition to be appointed into offices. Nigerians are still waiting.
To further track the promises, download the APC manifesto here.