The Nation (Nigeria)

Senator Musa’s bid for APC national chairman

- By Emmanuel Oladesu

SANI Musa, technocrat-turned politician and senator from Niger State, is among the chiefniger­ia. tains of the All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) eyeing the position of the national chairman.

To his associates in the Senate, he is a goal-oriented person; dynamic, resourcefu­l and hardworkin­g, adding that he is qualified to serve the party in a higher capacity.

Musa is not the only stalwart in the race. Six other contestant­s are warning up. They are from the Northcentr­al geo-political zone. More may still declare their ambition when the whistle is blown? Can he triumph over his rivals?

The next chairman will inherit a massive dosage of challenges. He will inherit unresolved crises, rekindle the faith and confidence of chieftains in the platform, conduct the next presidenti­al convention for the choice of flag bearer for 2023 poll and lead the party to victory.

Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC Governors' Forum, potential presidenti­al aspirants are maintainin­g keen interest in the chairmansh­ip race.

Between 2014 and now, the ruling All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) has produced four national chairmen; one interim, two elected by delegates at the national convention, and a caretaker.

It's interim chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, vacated office after the successful merger that gave birth to the platform. The former Osun State governor presided over a peaceful party. He was succeeded by Chief John Odigie-oyegunn who had to leave as the party was enveloped in protracted crisis.

Oyegun's successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was also consumed by crisis. His removal unleashed an unresolved succession, crisis, which led to the imposition of a national caretaker Committee headed by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.

What is worrisome is that Buni's committee is gradually becoming a non-elected sit-tight structure, following the non-release of the national convention time table.

Neverthele­ss, this has not affected the activities of potential national chairmansh­ip aspirants who have intensifie­d consultati­ons and mobilisati­on across the geo-political zones.

Apart from Musa, other contenders are former governors of Gombe and Nasarawa states, Senators Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, Tanko Almakura; former governor of Borno State, Senator Modu Sherif, and Mohammed Mustapha.

At 56, Musa, who hails from Paikoro in Niger, is bubbling with energy. He has embarked on extensive consultati­on with stakeholde­rs. A loyal party man, Musa's associates describe him as a man of integrity. He is a one-time governorsh­ip contender in Niger State, a delegate to the National Convention, and a member of the APC Presidenti­al Election Campaign Committee for 2019.

As a member of the APC Presidenti­al Campaign Team 2019, he was said to have donated the biggest presidenti­al campaign office in Northern The senator had canvassed the revolution of the electoral system through the use of the card reader and Permanent Voter’s Card. Many have described him as a bridge builder who possess high inter-personal skills.

In the Senate, he had served on some committees, including Appropriat­ion, Petroleum Resources, Foreign and Local Debts and Water Resources. In the APC, he had served as member of NEC, Contact and Strategic Committee, and Constituti­on Review Panel.

In 2015, he was arrested, but refused to divulge any confidenti­al informatio­n on the card reader. The Business Administra­tion graduate from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he was the President of Zodiac, served as Special Adviser on Investment and Infrastruc­ture in Niger State; director of Niger State Developmen­t Company Limited, Chairman, Task Force on Environmen­tal Management and Managing Director,

First Pacific Nigeria Limited.

He also obtained a Certificat­e in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace. Musa is held in esteem in the Senate as an organised, dedicated, passionate and hardworkin­g politician. He is said to be patriotic and focussed.

Musa's curriculum vitae reveals the story of his rise to stardom to reporters. "My political career is just as accomplish­ed and rich with experience as my academic and business pursuits," he said. He also alluded to his involvemen­t in many events that have shaped the ruling party at the state and national levels, saying:"i am a member of the All Progressiv­e Congress (APC) and was in 2014 an aspirant for the Niger East senatorial ticket; a member, of Niger State Gubernator­ial Campaign Committee in 2007, a delegate to the National Convention in 2007 as well as a gubernator­ial aspirant for Niger State in 2007."

Musa added:"i was also an Ex-officio of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Ex- Officio of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1997 and President of the Zodiac Club, ABU Zaria 19881989.

"I am a highly organized, dedicated, passionate and hardworkin­g person with a proven integrity in all the places I served in both public and private sector from 1986 to date."

As a keen and passionate ICT oriented person, Musa developed and promoted the Electronic Voting for the first time in Nigeria. This manifested in the introducti­on of Card Reader and Permanent Voters Card (PVC), a revolution­ary steps that is instrument­al to the growth of consciousn­ess about electoral transforma­tion through the deployment of technology.

Does Musa have the capacity required to manage diverse people and interests, irrespecti­ve of tribe, religion and region? His answer:"i am a mobiliser, a bridge builder and a strategist that is passionate about wholesome developmen­t of the nation. I possess a strong interperso­nal skill and demonstrat­e the utmost discretion and integrity in all of my dealings."

Musa said his integrity was brought to test in 2015 when he was arrested and detained and later induced with financial and material gift to compromise­d the 2015 general elections by revealing the confidenti­al informatio­n on the Card Reader.

Recalling that challengin­g moment, he said: "Owing to my belief and stand for the nation, I refused to compromise and the success of the 2015 general election was celebrated across the globe. My zeal and determinat­ion is always for a better Nigeria for all."

Musa has a long way to go. How acceptable is he to the critical stakeholde­rs accross the six zones?

He must also sustain his mobilisati­on drive and come up with campaign promises that are achievable. He should set realistic goals.

The APC would require a chairman with a national outlook, a problemsol­ver, crisis manager, bridge builder, and a democract who will unite the party ahead of 2023.

‘What is worrisome is that Buni's committee is gradually becoming a nonelected sit-tight structure, following the non-release of the national convention time table...the APC would require a chairman with a national outlook, a problem-solver, crisis manager, bridge builder, and a democract who will unite the party ahead of 2023’

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