HOTPEN- President Muhammadu Buhari directed the exclusion of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo from the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.
The president also directed that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, be left out of the list of campaign council.
A spokesperson of the council, Festus Keyamo, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
The list of the 422-member council was unveiled in Abuja on Friday night by its secretary, James Faleke.
Mr Keyamo, who is also the minister of state for labour and employment, said the president requested that they be exempted to enable them concentrate on governance.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the exclusion of Mr Osinbajo, who lost the APC presidential primary to Bola Tinubu, from the campaign list.
The vice president was a political ally of Mr Tinubu. He had served the latter as attorney general and commissioner for justice when he was Lagos State governor.
Mr Tinubu is widely believed to have nominated Mr Osinbajo as the APC vice presidential candidate in 2015.
“… Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government,” Mr Keyamo said.
“As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns.”