The All Progressives Congress yesterday distanced itself from promises it allegedly made on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari during their campaign.
The APC has claimed that the President did not make any promises for his first 100 days office and the President’s senior special adviser on Media and publicity has also publicly denied any promises.
According to Shehu Garba, the SSA on Media, “The president never promised anything to anyone. It is on record in that lecture at Chatham House they asked him a question relating to expectations and what he specifically would do in relation to certain documents that were flying around committing him to this thing or that thing within 100 days.
In that lecture, the video is already now viral on the web, he (Buhari) said it contained falsehood and I am not going to be engaged in deceit. I will go in there, I will see what is there and then get the intelligence, the knowledge of things that are going on and I will fully commit myself to serving Nigeria.
My point is that as the director, media and communications of that campaign, I was responsible for internal and external communications and these so called documents that are been flown around didn’t have my signature.
I didn’t fund them and I didn’t authorize them. From what President Buhari himself had said at Chatham House, he had no iota or knowledge of those documents. So, people cannot hold him to account on something to which he did not commit himself.
We prefer to talk about milestones instead of achievements. Whether the milestones represent achievements or not, that is left for the people to decide. Milestones have been achieved which is important for the country”he said.
The current back and forth stance over whether or not the President made promises is quick creating an atmosphere of distrust reminiscent of the days of the Goodluck Jonathan administration as some of the documents and pamphlets the President’s team is denying were the basis on which voters decided in his favor.