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APC National Convention: Okorocha wants Buhari, Tinubu, others to decide on National EXCO

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Former governnor of Imo State ,   Senator Rochas Okorocha has said crisis rocking All Progressives Congress (APC) will soon be a thing of past if the founding fathers of the party come together to decide on the formation of the National Executives.

Okorocha who spoke to Senate correspondents after plenary Tuesday, specifically suggested that founding leaders of the party across the original four blocks , should be allowed to nominate interested  party  members for sensitive positions such as National Chairman, Secretary , Women Leader  , Youth Leader, Organising Secretary etc .

According to him , while President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the CPC block should be given the honour of deciding who becomes the next National Chairman of the party , others like Senator Bola Tinubu of the defunct ACN block , Ogbonnaya Onu of the defunct ANPP block , himself as leader of the APGA faction then, should also be honoured of deciding National Secretary and other important positions .

sharing the party’s positions on that basis, he added , will help in preventing the ship of the party from hitting the rock .

He  said, “Our party is a great party, APC is a great party, what is wrong with our party is that we have forgotten how we all started, we should not make the mistake of PDP of the old and I think that will be corrected with the party’s Convention now slated for March 26 , 2022.

“What  we need to do is to go back to basis so that we adhere to  the culture of Unity and equity the party was known for at formation in 2013.

“There were four political parties that formed APC. CPC led by the former Head of States, Mohammadu Buhari who is now the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu came with (ACN) , Governor Abdulaziz Yari , Senator Alimodu Sheriff (SAS) and Former governnor of Ebonyi state, Ogbona Onu who is now Minister of Science and Technology and Rochas Okorocha leading the APGA.

“Our initial position was that all positions would  be shared among these four parties and DPP that came with few members and after the merger, the new PDP joined.

“Now,  the wisest thing for all of us to do is to go back to the founding basis and distribute the political positions as we did it that time and there will be no rancour and it will be very peaceful.

” The father of the party now is President Muhammadu Buhari who should be given that respect to pick the person that will hold Sensitive position in the party as Chairman, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should always be made to produce some key positions in the party and the other parties and should also be made to have positions and when this is done there will be no problem in APC.

“But,  if we go into Election at this time and of course it will open a pandora of litigations  because where 1000 people buy nominations form, APC can make an income of N2 billion on sales of forms and after that, APC can spend N3 billion on litigations.

“So the wise thing to do is to call the founding fathers of the party and give them key positions and carry everyone along , including the new people that joined the party.”

Speaking on the forthcoming Presidential election, Senator Rochas Okorocha said Nigerians should look for those who have something to offer that will turn around the fortunes of the Country irrespective of age.

Rochas Okorocha has since joined the league of Presidential aspirants from the South Eastern part of the Country on the platform of All Progressive Congress.

 

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Wase Commends emergence of Governor Lalong as DG APC Presidential Campaign

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ahmed Idris Wase has congratulated Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state on his appointment as the Director General, Presidential Campaign Organisation of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

Ahmed Idris Wase applauded the choice of the Governor saying he is most competent and fit to lead the campaign of the APC Presidential candidate.

He described the newly appointed DG as detribalized, resourceful, ingenious and a practical politician, an adept listener, and a leader with the right attitude to grind out results where others cannot succeed.

He is convinced that “With Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima on the ballot and Simon Lalong in the driving seat, the APC is on the right path to victory come February 2023″.

He thanked the Presidential candidate, the national chairman of the party for the confidence reposed in the Plateau governor to lead the APC campaign saying “A good product needs a great strategist to deliver”.

The All Progressives Congress had on Thursday unveiled the governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, as the Director General of its Presidential Campaign Council.

The unveiling was made after a visit by the party’s flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, the party’s National Chairman, and Senator Abdullahi Adamu and the Plateau Governor to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

Governor Simon Lalong, a two-term governor of Plateau State is also a candidate in the Senatorial Election in 2023 in Plateau State.

His emergence followed the decision of the party on its Presidential, Vice Presidential Candidates and the structure of its Presidential campaign council.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket: Christians have nothing to fear – Adeyeye

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APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice Kashim Shettima
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The National Chairman of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye has reiterated that Christian faithful has nothing to fear on the All Progressive Congress (APC) Muslim-Muslim ticket, staying that Bola Tinubu is a liberal person who will not discriminate against other religion in the country.

Adeyeye described the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as the running mate to the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a masterstroke that has put the opposition party in panicking mode.

Adeyeye noted that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar lacks the moral justification to condemn the choice of Kashim Shettima as the running mate to Tinubu.

He explained that the PDP candidate supported the Muslim-Muslim ticket in 1993 with his moves to be the running mate of MKO Abiola.

Adeyeye said this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Friday while receiving hundreds of members of opposition parties in the state into SWAGA.

At the event, members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) , Accord Party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , National Rescue Movement (NRM) and the chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) Ifedayo Iyaniwura signaled their readiness to work for the victory of Tinubu during the February presidential poll.

He explained that the group would do everything possible to deliver majority of votes in Ekiti for the APC presidential candidate, ” who is ready to offer hopes to the people and improve our livelihood,”
saying people across political divides would be welcomed for the task he declared as the South West project.

He said, ” We want everybody to come on board because this is not about a particular party. We have representatives of various political parties in this gathering wanting to work for the victory of Tinubu next year. Let me tell you that if we call these people today as APC member, they won’t have been here but we say it is South West Agenda for our principal, and that is the reason you can see the large turnout of people across party lines. That is why we see SWAGA as the vehicle to deliver most of the votes in the south west.

” Politics is a game of number and PDP can’t challenge us from the moral ground because their candidate, Atiku Abubakar believed in that ticket in 1993 as evidence has surfaced and don’t forget some of us were participant then. We knew he wanted to be vice president to MKO Abiola. So, if he was struggling to be in the ticket in 1993, why will it be opposing it now ?”

” It was evident he was going to pick Christian South this time because he is a Muslim from the North, it is more easier for him.”

” I want to allay the fears of our Christian brother because I am a Christian too and Tinubu is a man who is tolerant of other religion. This is a free minded person who will not discriminate against anyone. Take it, if Tinubu finds it difficult to Islamize his wife, is that the person that will Islamize the country when the better half is Christian and Pastor ?

” I believe Tinubu-Shettima is a winning ticket and PDP is on a panic mode because they know we will have a repeat of history next year, where MKO Abiola won with a landslide especially in the North. There is a way history repeat itself.”

On the perceived failures of the current APC-led government by the citizens, Adeyeye said the credentials and the track record of the presidential candidate when he was governor in Lagos and the trust Nigerians has in him would help in swaying the votes for the party.

” In Nigeria politics today, people should look at the personalities of those contesting and look at their track record and assess them based on what they have done in the past.

Tinubu is coming with a huge credentials into this race looking at how he did tremendously well when he was governor.

 

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2023 Presidential Election: Keyamo Accepts Appointment As APC presidential Campaign Spokesman

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Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has expressed appreciation to the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima respectively for his appointment as the official spokesperson of the party’s presidential campaign organisation.

Keyamo, in a statement issued via his Twitter handle on Friday, said he was grateful that he was found worthy to lead the line in the APC 2023 presidential campaign council as official spokesperson.

He said, “I am humbled because both great leaders have been reputed to possess the uncanny ability to nurture mentees.”

The National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu had earlier announced Keyamo at a briefing when he led Tinubu and Shettima to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the meeting was to brief the president and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram.

Adamu equally announced Barrister Hanatu Musa Musa was named the deputy spokesperson.

Recall that Tinubu and the leadership of the APC, on Thursday, presented the governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, as the presidential campaign Director-General.

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