The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo, said on Friday the party would refrain from abusing opposition parties during its campaign for the 2023 presidential election.
Keyamo, who is also the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, stated this on his Twitter handle.
He was reacting to comments credited to the spokesman of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dino Melaye, during an interview on Friday.
Melaye, who featured in a Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, slammed Keyamo for criticising the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on the programme last week.
He insisted that the minister was ignorant of how elections work.
“Keyamo is suffering from a limitation of vocabulary. Even in a drunken state, nobody would say that. It’s either that Festus is asleep or is suffering from lack of words. Atiku was the brain box in Obasanjo’s administration. Keyamo is a democratic virgin. He has never won any election before. He may not understand how elections go,” the ex-lawmaker stated.
Keyamo, however, stressed that APC would be committed to an issue-based campaign for the election.
He noted that an abusive campaign was a sign of frustration.
The minister wrote: “We’ll run a clean campaign. We’ll not use abusive words on our opponents & their spokespersons. We’ll refrain from calling those who Nigerians think and say they look stupid with their gaffs as such.
“Abuses on a campaign trail are a sign of frustration. We will stick to the issues.”