Show­down As 177 As­pi­rants Bat­tle For 29 APC Gu­ber Tick­ets

Ten­sion in Zam­fara, Bauchi, Katsina, Nasarawa, Adamawa Party Shifts La­gos, Imo Pri­maries to Tues­day

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By Muideen Olaniyi (Abuja), Nu­rudeen Oye­wole (La­gos), Shehu Umar (Gusau), Has­san Ibrahim (Lafia), Balarabe Alka­s­sim (Bauchi), Habibu Umar Aminu (Katsina) and Kabiru An­war (Yola)

“A to­tal of 177 gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants have ap­plied for 29 va­can­cies in our party,’’ the na­tional chair­man of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Com­rade Adams Osh­iom­hole, said yes­ter­day in Abuja while in­au­gu­rat­ing the Gov­er­nor­ship Pri­maries Com­mit­tee to over­see to­day’s elec­tion across the coun­try.

Osh­iom­hole, who said the gov­er­nor­ship pri­mary elec­tion in La­gos and Imo states had been post­poned till Mon­day be­cause of lo­gis­tic chal­lenges, added that the ex­er­cise would still hold to­day in the re­main­ing 27 states.

He said the party sec­re­tar­iat would pro­vide all ma­te­ri­als needed, in­clud­ing bal­lot pa­pers and re­sult sheets to the com­mit­tees through their chair­men.

The APC na­tional chair­man, who told them that they would come un­der in­tense pres­sure from as­pi­rants who are never ready to con­cede de­feat, urged the com­mit­tees to do jus­tice to all in order to deepen in­ter­nal democ­racy in the party.

He said, “We have to work con­sciously to move our party from a mere pub­lic taxi that peo­ple who are po­lit­i­cally stranded can board, and when they get to their des­ti­na­tions, they pay fees if they are kind enough to pay, or they just jump out of the car, and then we wait for the next pas­sen­ger.

“We have to build a mass move­ment that is grounded in the hearts of the Nige­rian peo­ple, mem­ber­ship-driven, and to do that we must ser­vice our in­ter­nal democ­racy.

“You have a duty to sus­tain the core val­ues of the APC, which is to en­sure that we con­duct trans­par­ent pri­maries, and our con­sti­tu­tion, which is the ba­sis of the con­tract be­tween mem­bers of the APC to vie for cou­ple of of­fices and our Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is ad­hered to.”

In his ac­cep­tance re­mark on be­half of oth­ers, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Cross River State and the chair­man of the La­gos State Gov­er­nor­ship Pri­mary Com­mit­tee, Chief Cle­ment Ebri, promised that they would re­sist all pres­sure and temp­ta­tions dur­ing the as­sign­ment. Ebri said the party had re­duced the level of ran­cour for choos­ing some of the great­est minds to per­form the task.

In last minute high-wire pol­i­tics, Tin­ubu, oth­ers en­dorse Sanwo-Olu against Am­bode

The ten­sion within the La­gos State chap­ter of the APC reached a crescendo on Sat­ur­day as the na­tional leader of the party, Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu, along­side other mem­bers of the pow­er­ful Gov­er­nor’s Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (GAC), pub­licly an­nounced the en­dorse­ment of Baba­jide San­woOlu, the cur­rent chair­man of the La­gos State Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (LSDPC) against his prin­ci­pal and main chal­lenger, Gov­er­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, ahead of the re-sched­uled gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary elec­tion slated for Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

Tin­ubu made the pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion at the stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing he sum­moned at the party sec­re­tar­iat, Acme Road, Ikeja, La­gos on Sat­ur­day.

The APC na­tional leader, who was rep­re­sented by a chief­tain of the GAC, Sen­a­tor An­thony Ade­fuye, told the gath­er­ing that the meet­ing, which was also at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo on Sat­ur­day, ended with three res­o­lu­tions.

“First, that the APC gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary in La­gos State ear­lier shifted to Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, 2018, should now be held on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1. Also, that one of the three con­tenders for the gov­er­nor­ship seat, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has gra­ciously stepped down and en­dorsed Jide San­woOlu. Lastly, that the Gov­er­nor’s Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil has en­dorsed Baba­jide Sanwo-Olu,” Tin­ubu stated.

The up­roar and ap­plause that greeted the dec­la­ra­tion were deaf­en­ing. Un­til the pub­lic dec­la­ra­tion, Tin­ubu’s sup­port for Sanwo-Olu had been in the realm of con­jec­tures. How­ever, for many po­lit­i­cal ob­servers, the sum­m­er­sault of the pow­er­ful Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (which is dom­i­nated by Tin­ubu’s loy­al­ists), which had hith­erto promised not to sup­port any of the con­tenders for the gov­er­nor­ship seat, has ef­fec­tively nailed what­ever chances Gov­er­nor Am­bode has to fly the party’s flag at the gen­eral elec­tions. Ob­servers are say­ing that what­ever hap­pens on Mon­day will be a mere corona­tion of Sanwo-Olu.

Ear­lier, Am­bode’s sup­port­ers and those of his aide and main chal­lenger, Baba­jide Sanwo-Olu, had charged at one an­other at the state party sec­re­tar­iat, thereby set­ting the stage for what many en­vis­age might be a volatile gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary on Mon­day.

With thou­sands of sup­port­ers from both sides, lo­cal drum­mers, flutists, praise-singers, po­lit­i­cal thugs and weed-smok­ing youths, both par­ties tried to out­wit one an­other as they car­ried plac­ards with abu­sive in­scrip­tions of the op­pos­ing as­pi­rants, danced un­con­trol­lably while at the same time, wax­ing lyri­cal with in­sult­ing mu­si­cal tracks.

Al­ready, the Man­date Group, act­ing on Tin­ubu’s or­ders, has spon­sored the can­di­dacy of Sanwo-Olu, who is a for­mer spe­cial ad­viser to Tin­ubu and two-term com­mis­sioner to for­mer La­gos State gov­er­nor, Ba­batunde Raji Fashola.

But while Am­bode’s and Sanwo-Olu’s sup­port­ers’ en­gaged in bat­tle of wits on Sat­ur­day at the party’s sec­re­tar­iat, lead­ers of dif­fer­ent camps were in other parts of the state, hold­ing meet­ings while also strate­giz­ing in moves aimed at hand­ing vic­tory over to ei­ther of the gu­ber­na­to­rial as­pi­rants.

The Sanwo-Olu camp, for in­stance, scored two crit­i­cal po­lit­i­cal goals ear­lier in the day. First, it suc­ceeded in get­ting the en­dorse­ment of the La­gos State House of Assem­bly for its as­pi­rant. Sec­ond, it struck a deal with the third con­tender in the gu­ber­na­to­rial con­test and a for­mer three-time com­mis­sioner, Dr Obafemi Hamzat to step down and sup­port Sanwo-Olu’s as­pi­ra­tion. If any­thing, ob­servers said the two deft po­lit­i­cal moves only inch Sanwo-Olu closer to clinch the party’s ticket.

But while the Sanwo-Olu camp has been aim­ing more at the party lead­ers, both at the state and lo­cal lev­els, Am­bode’s camp, es­pe­cially in the last 72 hours, had fo­cused more on the party mem­bers at the grass­roots.

“The per­mu­ta­tion we are work­ing on is aimed at se­cur­ing the sup­port of or­di­nary party mem­bers, whom we know have the ca­pac­ity to dis­obey their lead­ers’ direc­tive; and I can tell you that we are suc­ceed­ing in that re­gard. Un­like the many lies be­ing ped­dled against His Ex­cel­lency on how he took over the waste col­lec­tion job from the Pri­vate Sec­tor Par­tic­i­pants (PSP) and handed it over to his sup­posed cronies in Vi­sion­scape, the truth is that our ef­fort has ac­tu­ally sani­tised the sys­tem,” a chief­tain of the Am­bode Sup­port Group, who spoke on a con­di­tion of anonymity said.

It is ‘fire for fire’ be­tween Yari, G8 in Zam­fara

In Zam­fara, a bat­tle line has been drawn be­tween the state gov­er­nor, Ab­du­laziz Yari Abubakar and a group of eight gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants un­der the APC.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the group and the gov­er­nor stemmed from Yari’s choice of a suc­ces­sor, his com­mis­sioner for fi­nance, Al­haji Mukhtar Shehu Idris.

The strong hos­til­ity be­tween the two sides came to a head Thurs­day when the gov­er­nor vowed to con­front the group “fire for fire” on the day of the gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries slated for to­day. His out­burst was greeted by an equally charged re­ply by the group, which said it was ready for a “tit for tat” with the gov­er­nor.

There are fears that a stage has been set for trou­ble dur­ing the Sun­day pri­maries.

Prior to the de­ci­sion of Gov­er­nor Yari to en­dorse the as­pi­ra­tion of Shehu Idris as the next gov­er­nor, the eight gu­ber­na­to­rial as­pi­rants had in­di­cated in­ter­est to vie for the cov­eted seat.

They are the state deputy gov­er­nor, Al­haji Ibrahim Wakkala Muham­mad, House of Reps mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Kaura Namoda/ Birnin Ma­gaji fed­eral con­stituency, Al­haji Aminu Sani Jaji, a for­mer gov­er­nor, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, a prom­i­nent banker and phi­lan­thropist, Al­haji Dauda Lawal Dare, a for­mer fed­eral per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Al­haji Abu Ma­gaji, Al­haji Sa­gir Hamidu, Sen­a­tor Kabir Garba Marafa and the Min­is­ter of De­fence, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Mansur Dan Ali (retd).

Both camps, Daily Trust on Sun­day ob­served, have been hold­ing dif­fer­ent meet­ings and re-strate­gis­ing to out­wit one an­other in the pri­maries.

Dur­ing a grand rally or­gan­ised in sup­port of his can­di­date, Gov­er­nor Yari spat fire, declar­ing that to­day’s elec­tion would be a “no-non­sense” af­fair, say­ing it would be “fire for fire”.

Gov­er­nor Yari said that on that day, those who want peace shall see peace and those who do not want peace shall see oth­er­wise.

He took a swipe at the Group 8, de­scrib­ing them as en­vi­ous and weak-minded, adding that they would be de­feated in the pri­mary elec­tions.

“I have tagged this elec­tion as no-non­sense, we have made no mis­take in anoint­ing Al­haji Mukhtar Shehu Idris be­cause it has been a tra­di­tion that we anoint can­di­dates at the end of our tenures. For­mer Gov­er­nor Ah­mad Sani anointed his then deputy, Al­haji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and we raised no eye­brow.

“But some peo­ple, out of envy and weak mind­ed­ness, are chal­leng­ing our de­ci­sion be­cause they did not learn a les­son from the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions. They should learn to re­spect the de­ci­sion of lead­er­ship. We are hope­ful that we will be­come tri­umphant, In­sha Al­lah,” he added.

In their re­sponse to the threats made by Yari, the G8 said they were ready to face him on the po­lit­i­cal turf.

At a rally or­ga­nized by Sen­a­tor Kabiru Marafa, which had all the other seven mem­bers of the G8 in at­ten­dance, the as­pi­rants aired their minds, sug­gest­ing that the to­day’s elec­tion would be tough.

“We are ready for you, Gov­er­nor Yari. You re­tired your boss (Yarima), but we will re­tire you soon. You tagged the pri­maries no-non­sense, but we de­scribe it as op­er­a­tion “re­tire them,” Sen­a­tor Marafa said, in his re­ply to the gov­er­nor.

“You mean tit for tat and we mean the same, no one has the mo­nop­oly of vi­o­lence and vi­o­lence begets vi­o­lence. We have our sup­port­ers in­tact and we will deal with trou­ble mak­ers,” he mak­ers.

Sen­a­tor Marafa then asked the sup­port­ers of the G8 to re­main firm and res­o­lute and deal with any­one com­ing to cause trou­ble.

“If any­one leaves his ward and goes to an­other ward, deal with him, beat him se­ri­ously. Join queue in an or­derly man­ner. Make sure no one rigs that elec­tion,” he charged his sup­port­ers.

Fear has gripped res­i­dents in the state, Daily Trust on Sun­day learnt, as many peo­ple are threat­en­ing to boy­cott the ex­er­cise to avoid fall­ing vic­tims to any vi­o­lence. Dur­ing var­i­ous Juma’at (Fri­day), imams had ap­pealed to politi­cians in the state to sheathe their swords and al­low peace to reign.

Fears as Gov­er­nor Abubakar faces Pateh, Jib­rin, Lame in Bauchi

The APC gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries in Bauchi will be one of the keenly con­tested in the coun­try.

This could be true due to the fact that the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor, Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar, is be­ing chal­lenged by three other as­pi­rants, Pro­fes­sor Mo­hammed Ali Pateh, Cap­tain Bala Jib­rin and Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Lame.

How­ever, Gov­er­nor Abubakar fell out with some of the as­pi­rants, no­tably, Jib­rin, Lame and Pateh.

Al­though Gov­er­nor Abubakar en­joys the power of in­cum­bency, the op­po­si­tion he is fac­ing is a cause for con­cern to his camp.

The party had ear­lier adopted in­di­rect pri­maries to select its can­di­date and after­wards adopted Gov­er­nor Abubakar as the sole can­di­date of the party.

How­ever, the adop­tion of Gov­er­nor Abubakar did not go down well with the three other as­pi­rants and their sup­port­ers.

The de­ci­sion of the state chap­ter of the party to con­duct in­di­rect pri­maries also back­fired as the party’s Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) re­versed the de­ci­sion and di­rected that a di­rect pri­mary elec­tion be adopted.

All ef­forts to make the APC na­tional lead­er­ship to change the de­ci­sion failed.

At a cam­paign rally in Misau, a chief­tain of the party, Al­haji Sani Malam, said the three other as­pi­rants may step down for one of them in order to de­feat Gov­er­nor Abubakar dur­ing the pri­maries.

Since the re­lease of the APC pri­mary elec­tions timetable, cam­paigns against the re-elec­tion of Gov­er­nor Abubakar by the op­po­si­tion camp within the party height­ened.

How­ever, as the time for the pri­maries came, there are fears that it may be marred by vi­o­lence due to the in­trigues in­volved.

The three other as­pi­rants at a press con­fer­ence, Sat­ur­day dis­closed their fear that there may be vi­o­lence if the re­ports they are get­ting was right.

Speak­ing dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, Pro­fes­sor Pateh said that the in­for­ma­tion they were get­ting is fright­en­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to him, they came into the con­test to sal­vage the party and Bauchi State, and they will not want any­thing that will jeop­ar­dise the lives of peo­ple of the state.

He said peo­ple of the state must not al­low any per­son’s in­or­di­nate am­bi­tion to make them sac­ri­fice their fu­ture.

On his part, Cap­tain Bala Jib­rin dis­closed that al­though there was no di­rect threat, there were prece­dence set to ig­nite vi­o­lence.

Ac­cord­ing to him, their fear was based on ad­vanced cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about what is al­legedly be­ing hatched at var­i­ous lev­els dur­ing the pri­maries.

He said that all el­e­ments of des­per­a­tion to ma­nip­u­late the whole process had man­i­fested and they were will­ing to im­ple­ment them to achieve their aims.

In Nasarawa, Al­makura at dag­gers drawn with 9 as­pi­rants

Barely 24 hours to the gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries of rul­ing the APC in Nasarawa State, the elec­tion is threat­ened by nu­mer­ous chal­lenges, with as­pi­rants per­fect­ing plans for mass de­fec­tion with their sup­port­ers if to­day’s gov­er­nor­ship pri­mary elec­tion favours Gov­er­nor Tanko Al-Makura’s anointed, En­gi­neer Ab­dul­lahi Sule.

The en­dorse­ment of En­gi­neer Sule by the gov­er­nor irked ma­jor­ity of the party’s stake­hold­ers, who are cur­rently schem­ing and strate­gis­ing on how to counter the move by form­ing a coali­tion of as­pi­rants with re­ports of plans to sup­port one of the as­pi­rants against the anointed.

Both sides have been schem­ing and try­ing to reach out to del­e­gates amidst fears of in­tim­i­da­tions by lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men, who were al­legedly di­rected by the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor to de­liver their re­spec­tive del­e­gates to the anointed as­pi­rant or face con­se­quences.

What is cur­rently height­en­ing ten­sion over the pri­maries is the al­leged in­tim­i­da­tion by lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men with threats of out­right sub­sti­tu­tion or sack should any del­e­gate not vote for the anointed. An­other threats be­ing ped­dled is the risk of los­ing party mem­ber­ship or job, es­pe­cially by those on gov­ern­ment pay­roll, in the event the anointed loses in the elec­tion.

One other source of worry fac­ing the as­pi­rants is the un­cer­tainty about the venue of the pri­maries, which is yet to be made pub­lic. One of the as­pi­rants told Daily Trust on Sun­day that up till 2:30pm yes­ter­day (Sat­ur­day), “We have not been com­mu­ni­cated the ac­tual venue of the pri­maries. But our fin­gers are crossed as we are wait­ing to hear from them.”

An im­pec­ca­ble source within the lead­er­ship of the party in the state con­fided to Daily Trust on Sun­day that party of­fi­cials at all level in the state might vote against the anointed as­pi­rant in protest for the neg­li­gence and lack of fund­ing.

The sit­u­a­tion has com­pelled nine out of the 11 as­pi­rants to come to­gether. The coali­tion, which in­cludes Si­las Agara, Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, Dan­ladi Halilu En­vun­lanza, Zakari Idde, Ar­chi­tect Shehu Ahmed Tukur, Ar­chi­tect Muhammed Ja­faru Ibrahim, Muhammed Musa Maikaya, and Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu, has vowed to re­sist any change to the au­then­tic del­e­gate list con­firmed by the na­tional lead­er­ship of the party for to­day’s pri­maries in the state.

Last minute ef­forts by tra­di­tional rulers in the state to bro­ker truce be­tween Gov­er­nor Al-Makura and Sen­a­tor Ab­dul­lahi Adamu so as stop over­heat­ing the polity and po­lar­is­ing crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers within and out­side the rul­ing party, ended in a dead­lock on Thurs­day as the two sides re­port­edly re­fused to shift grounds.

All ef­forts to get the re­ac­tions of the par­ties af­ter the meet­ing proved abortive as they all de­clined to speak with news­men. Trou­ble brews in Katsina Trou­ble is brew­ing in Katsina ahead of to­day’s APC gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­maries as two of the as­pi­rants are in­sist­ing on the di­rect pri­mary mode of elec­tion while the state chap­ter of the party has since adopted in­di­rect pri­maries and got it ap­proved by the na­tional head­quar­ters of the party.

The in­cum­bent Gov­er­nor Aminu Masari, along­side two oth­ers, Abubuakar Sa­maila and Garba Sani Dankani, are set to take part in the process to elect the party’s flag- bearer for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

The APC in Katsina has for long been bat­tling with op­po­si­tion voice within, pop­u­larly called the APC-Akida and has been work­ing as­sid­u­ously to tame them.

The Akida group is be­ing led by Abubakar Isa, who is presently con­test­ing for the party’s ticket as ma­jor­ity of its mem­bers have been neu­tralised.

Isa and Dankani, chal­lengers of Masari for the ticket, have since jointly re­jected the adop­tion of the in­di­rect mode of pri­maries by the state chap­ter of the party on the grounds of a se­ries of lit­i­ga­tions chal­leng­ing the le­git­i­macy of the party’s con­gresses that pro­duced its state ex­ec­u­tive.

On Fri­day, at a joint press brief­ing, the duo said, “If this trend is not checked, it will throw the party into chaos and may fur­ther fac­tion­alise the party and af­fect its for­tunes in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions in 2019.”

Re­act­ing to the ac­cu­sa­tions, the spokesman of the party, Abubakar Dan­musa, in­sisted that there was in­deed a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing that was called and all mem­bers were in­vited, ir­re­spec­tive of any po­si­tion or view you hold in the party where the in­di­rect was deemed fit for the state.

He said it was a choice given to all state chap­ters of the party and Katsina set­tled for in­di­rect pri­maries, which was rat­i­fied and ap­proved by the na­tional body of the party. As such, there was no go­ing back on the modal­i­ties of the pri­maries. Al­le­ga­tions of vote buy­ing in Adamawa As the All Pro­gres­sives Congress mem­bers in Adamawa State pre­pare for gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries through in­di­rect elec­tion, as­pi­rants and their agents are mak­ing des­per­ate ef­forts to woo del­e­gates across 226 wards.

A del­e­gate who spoke to Daily Trust on Sun­day in Yola un­der anonymity, said they were ap­proached by agents of the three as­pi­rants seek­ing the as­sur­ances of their votes in the pri­mary elec­tion.

Gov­er­nor Muham­madu Jib­rilla, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion, for­mer chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (RFCC), Nuhu Ribadu and younger brother to the wife of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, are con­test­ing in the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

Checks by Daily Trust on Sun­day re­vealed that while Jib­rilla has the ad­van­tage of in­cum­bency fac­tor, the bar­ring of 17 mem­bers of state work­ing com­mit­tee of the APC loyal to him may af­fect his chances while Mahmud is be­lieved to have the back­ing of his sis­ter, Aisha Buhari, who mo­bilised sup­port for him. Ribadu is be­lieved to have the back­ing of for­mer Gov­er­nor Mur­tala Nyako loy­al­ists within the APC

The Di­rec­tor, Spe­cial Du­ties and Po­lit­i­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Nuhu Ribadu Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion 2019, Uba Dan-Arewa, has al­leged in­tim­i­da­tion of del­e­gates and open dis­play of money by the camp of Aisha Buhari’s brother, Mah­muh Halilu, who is also in the race.

How­ever, a mem­ber of Mahmud’s cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion and se­na­to­rial as­pi­rant, Ibrahim Baffa Waziri de­nied the al­le­ga­tions against Mahmud, say­ing he did not join is­sues with Ribadu, but he was aware that Gov­er­nor Jib­rilla was buy­ing del­e­gates’ votes at N150,000 each and threat­en­ing to re­move any del­e­gates who spoke to other as­pi­rants.

“Dur­ing the pri­maries for by-elec­tion in 2014, the gov­er­nor did not have money, he gave del­e­gates N5,000 and in 2015, he gave N20,000 when Atiku gave N100, 000 yet, we voted for him and at the pres­i­den­tial pri­maries. He be­trayed us and voted for Atiku. Now he is giv­ing N150,000 per del­e­gate. Where did he get the money? Is it not bail out money? Is it not our money? We are go­ing to teach him a les­son at the pri­maries,” he said.

He ex­plained that Mahmud al­ways ap­peals to del­e­gates to ex­er­cise their free­dom by vot­ing for as­pi­rants of their choice and not to al­low money in­flu­ence their votes.

“We talk to the del­e­gates about our plans for the state and we are able to con­vince them be­cause our as­pi­rant is a cred­i­ble per­son. We told the del­e­gates that they were not slaves. Where did Bin­dow lock us in 2015? He did not even give trans­port money,” he stated.

The co­or­di­na­tor of Bring Buhari and Bin­dow Back, 2019, Dahiru Ham­mandikko, said the gov­er­nor had the sup­port of ma­jor­ity of del­e­gates with whom he had en­joyed good re­la­tion­ship as party leader. He said APC mem­bers at the grass­roots had con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to up­lift their lives and will al­ways sup­port his as­pi­ra­tion. He de­nied any vote buy­ing by gov­er­nor’s cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Gov­er­nor Jib­rilla does not have to buy votes; he has trans­formed the state and im­proved the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple. I am con­fi­dent that we will win the elec­tion”

APC in­au­gu­rates con­ven­tion com­mit­tee

The na­tional chair­man of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Com­rade Adams Osh­iom­hole, yes­ter­day in­au­gu­rated a 21-mem­ber Na­tional Con­ven­tion Com­mit­tee headed by Gov­er­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi of Oyo State.

The in­au­gu­rated com­mit­tee has Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State as vice chair­man and Hadiza Bala Us­man as sec­re­tary.

Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee are Ba­batunde Fashola, Audu Og­beh, gov­er­nors Nasiru El-Ru­fai, Kaduna; Rochas Oko­rocha, Imo; Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi; Mo­hammed Badaru Abubakar, Ji­gawa; God­win Obaseki, Edo; Si­mon La­long, Plateau; Ek­iti State APC gov­er­nor-elect, Kay­ode Fayemi; Sen. Godswill Ak­pabio; Sen. Emma Anosike, Ha­jiya Hauwa Sule, Timipre Sylva, Barr. Sharon Ikea­zor, Dr Ra­matu Aliyu Ti­jani, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Hon. Stella Okotete and Mrs Paulen Tallen.

Speak­ing dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Com­rade Osh­iom­hole said the na­tional con­ven­tion sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 6, 2018 would not only be used to rat­ify the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu as the APC can­di­date but also to set agenda for the gov­ern­ing party.

He said the con­ven­tion would be used to dis­cuss the APC agenda, thereby giv­ing mem­bers op­por­tu­ni­ties to ei­ther agree or dis­agree on the party pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Aji­mobi, in his ac­cep­tance re­marks, thanked the party lead­er­ship for hon­our­ing them with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

He also lauded the APC na­tional chair­man for repo­si­tion­ing the party, say­ing the on­go­ing ef­fort had re­sulted into a mas­sive in­flux into the rul­ing party and elec­tion vic­to­ries.

He said the party would suc­ceed in 2019, con­sid­er­ing the foun­da­tion be­ing laid by Osh­iom­hole.

“We prom­ise that we are part­ners in se­cur­ing vic­to­ries for our party in 2019,” Aji­mobi also said.

Al­haji Aminu Sani Jaji

Al­haji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi

Al­haji Mukhtar Shehu Idris

Al­haji Dauda Lawal Dare

Al­haji Abu Ma­gaji

Al­haji Ibrahim Wakkala Muham­mad

Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu

Bauchi Gov Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar

Gov­er­nor Aminu Bello Masari

Gov­er­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari

Gov Ak­in­wumi Am­bode

Jide Sanwo-Olu

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