All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts and leaders close to the presidency are currently in high-level talks ahead of the ruling party’s national convention on Saturday to avoid a stalemate or a revolt by aggrieved members, sources said. credible to Daily Trust Sundaytime.
It has been learned that the candidates for national president and other important positions are in a final push to emerge victorious.
Daily Trust reported on February 24 that President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed Senator Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State as his preferred choice as National President.
Credible sources had told this newspaper that Adamu was endorsed by the president during his meeting with APC governors at the State House.
However, in the days that followed, some of the direct or proxy aspirants said they were still in the running insisting they were not told by the party or the presidency that Buhari had a candidate. prefer.
It was in the heat of the debate that a crisis of greater proportion shattered the ranks of the ruling APC when some governors moved to remove the party’s interim chairman and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala. Buni.
However, following President Buhari’s intervention on a medical trip to London, Buni resumed full action on Thursday and preparations for Saturday’s convention intensified.
“The convention will definitely take place on Saturday and high-level consultations are underway to make things work,” said a source close to the party.
“Of course, everyone who matters is working together so that on the day of the convention there is no deadlock or disaffection. Governor Buni is talking with officials from various committees and beyond,” the source said.
When asked if Senator Abdullahi Adamu remains the president’s nominee for president, the source said, “The best place to ask that question is the presidency, but I can assure you that efforts are being put in place. to approach the convention with strength and vigor drawn from all members and officials so that we emerge stronger.
Upcoming Unity/Consensus List
A party stalwart close to Buhari said that although the president had endorsed Adamu, no candidate would be barred from running for the post.
“This is party politics, no one will be arrested but 48 hours before the convention, after about two meetings, a list of unity or consensus will be made available to stakeholders. This will guide everyone’s direction” , said the party leader.
He said the interim committee had been asked to ensure that all aspirants were accompanied, saying the next convention would be no different.
“Previously, our party presidents emerged by consensus. The latest was in 2018 when former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole emerged. We want to go to the 2023 elections as a united front and stronger than us,” he said.
As of Friday when the sale of forms closed, Senator Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa) Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Senator Sani Musa (Niger), Minister of Special and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume (Benue), a former National Vice President of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Saliu Mustapha (Kwara), former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari (Nasarawa) and Mohammed Saidu Etsu (Niger) submitted their forms.
The seven aspirants, it has been assembled, are lobbying governors, presidents of the National Assembly, those around the presidency and other key party players to realize their ambition.
Party sources said more than 5,000 delegates are expected to take part in the election of new members of the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC). The convention will be held at Eagle Square Abuja on Saturday.
In an interview, the managing director of Almakura’s campaign organization, Mr. Dominic Alancha, expressed his optimism that his boss will emerge as president next Saturday.
He said; “We reach out to delegates, we talk to critical stakeholders. We believe we have their support.
“As for this convention, Al-Makura will become the national president.”
We are moving towards healthy competition – Adamu
A former Nasarawa state governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, told the Daily Trust that they were in for a healthy contest.
He said he had no enemies among the aspirants and he would take everyone away if he emerged as National President.
“As far as I am concerned, I participate in a competition, a healthy competition between members of the same family, called APC. I did not approach him as if I had an enemy. All are my brothers and sisters.
“No one is above the party and I hope we all go as friends. I have no enemies in the APC.
“Whatever we do, we must know that the party is superior to all of us. I don’t want any rivalry with anyone. If by the will of God I choose the presidency, I promise to work with each of them. Those who challenge and those who do not challenge,” he said.
The sheriff leaves the race
Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has put aside his ambition to be the national chairman of the party.
This followed the zoning of the presidency slot to the center-north by the party’s national leadership.
Sheriff, who hails from the North East geopolitical zone, announced his decision to quit the race at a Sunday press conference in Abuja.
“The party has taken a position that the position of national president should go to the center-north, which means that it is exclusively reserved for candidates from the center-north zone and the president has taken a position.
“I have always told you that I will challenge if he is zoned in my zone. That has always been my statement. And today they took a stand.
“I respect the president, I respect him as a person and as president, he is my leader. He must have a reason for allowing the party to zone the presidency in the center-north. Myself, I have led a party.
“I am a founding father of this party. So I don’t want to draw a line. I respect the president. Unless the party comes out by Friday to say that, no, we changed our minds, it’s now open.
“Therefore, I don’t want to oppose the president in any way; I respect him. I will abide by the party’s decision that it is exclusively zoned north-central. Normally zoning revolves around a person, you don’t zone in a vacuum,” the sheriff said.