Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) says the party is almost certain of winning the July 16 Osun governorship election.
He said this on Thursday in Abuja when he inaugurated the 86-member APC National Campaign Council for the election.
Adamu said although the election might be a little bit tougher than the Ekiti governorship election, the party was certain of victory at the end.
“No stone must be left unturned,we must do all within the law to win, my tolerance level and that of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) for failure is zero.
“Nobody should come back crying, we must win Osun,” Adamu said.
He said that the Ekiti and the Osun governorship election would prepare ground for the party’s victory in the 2023 general elections.
“We have Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as our 2023 presidential candidate, these elections are first step to 2023, we must start preparing for 2023 now, we must show our capacity,” he said.
Adamu said Nigerians have chosen the APC as their preferred party, hence the need for the leadership of the party to measure up.
“There is no option to wining the national election and these state election is like I said, forebears to the national election.
“We must show those who love us by showing those who are our adversaries in the strongest possible way that we are in control.
“No apologise to anybody, we are the party in government, the reality is that Nigerians had chosen the APC and we will do everything we can to retain this position of envy,”he said.
He urged the campaign council to show commitment in its assignment.
“We are winning the battle of the states, but the real war to be won is the presidential election in 2023.
“And I do hope that we will not spare efforts to ensure that we come back victorious,” he said.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the Co-chair of the council, appreciated the APC NWC for the appointment.
He also congratulated the Ekiti State governor-elect Abiodun Oyebanji for his victory at the election.
Ganduje assured of the readiness of the council to would work around-the-clock to ensure victory at Osun election.
He said that reconciling all aggrieved party members in the state was important, calling for unity among all stakeholders for victory in the Osun election.
Ganduje expressed optimism that the election would be hitch-free.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have money bags, but we have strategy bags to win the election, ” he said.
He said that the council would swing into action immediately with a meeting in Abuja
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the council was headed by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
While the members included Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Gov. Abubakar Atiku of Kebbi,Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and former Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti as co-chairmen among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari officially received Governor-elect of Ekiti, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
The newly-elected governor was led to the event by Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, Governors Kayode Fayemi, Atiku Bagudu, Mohammed Badaru of Ekiti, Kebbi and Jigawa, respectively.
The president stated that he keenly followed the polls held on Saturday, June 18, and was delighted with the orderly conduct, and the way the electorate and security agencies comported themselves.
“I loved how the APC Governors mobilized, and supported you,” the president told Oyebanji.
He added: “I think the party is very lucky, and things are getting better. I congratulate the Chairman, and I pray you sustain it.”
In his remarks, Adamu ascribed all the glory for the election victory to God, and pledged that same would be replicated in Osun State next month.
In his capacity as Chairman of the Campaign Council for Ekiti, Gov Badaru congratulated the president on the successful outing.
He said, “Your unending effort to reposition the party is paying off. If we combine the votes of the candidates that came second and third, our candidate still beat them by a wide margin.
”APC is being daily endeared to Nigerians. Our gratitude goes to you, Mr President.”
While appreciating the president, Oyebanji said the election was a referendum on the party, “and a clear, positive signal to the election in Osun, and the national one next year. APC is still the party of choice.”
Oyebanji lauded the president “for the leadership and the level playing field you provided.”
He pledged that he would be magnanimous in victory, as earlier advised by President Buhari.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)has advised the Ekiti State governor-elect Mr Biodun Oyebanji to be magnanimous in victory.
Adamu said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, while congratulating Oyebanji for his resounding victory at the election.
He said the victory was the result of Oyebanji’s popularity and the strong campaign strategies put in place by the APC.
According to the Chairman, the governor-elect has the pedigree, experience and vision to take the state to the next level of development.
Adamu thanked the people of Ekiti State for reposing their confidence on the APC and Oyebanji.
He promised that the governor-elect would continue to implement the people’s oriented programmes of the party already started by the outgoing governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi.
Adamu said the victory recorded at the election was a precursor to expected victories of the APC at the Osun election and at the 2023 general elections.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous support, saying that as the party leader, he provided guidance for the Ekiti State election campaign.
Adamu assured that the APC would continue to be guided by Buhari’s wisdom in prosecuting future elections to consolidate his legacies.
He thanked members of the Ekiti State APC campaign council led by Gov. Atiku Bagudu, the State Working Committee of the party, as well as all APC supporters in the State for their hard work and dedication.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Sunday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the Saturday Ekiti governorship election because the party has a sellable product in Mr Biodun Oyebanji, the Governor-elect.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oyebanji won the governorship election with
Fayemi made the assertions when he led other APC governors, under the Ekiti Governorship Campaign Council to present a copy of the election results to Oyebanji in his home town, Ikogosi.
NAN reports that on Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa were on the entourage of Fayemi to Ikogosi.
The governor said that there were all manners of pundits and analyses, which put the stakeholders on their toes and pushed them to work harder for the success of the election.
He said there were those who predicted victory for other parties, while there were those who said APC would “carry the day”.
According to him, we were able to achieve victory, not just because of the hardwork of our party.
“We were able to do that because we have a sellable product in Mr Abiodun Oyebanji.
“This is a candidate that is very well known to Ekiti people, someone who started demonstrating commitment to the Ekiti project in his twenties.
“Someone, who acted as the Secretary of the Committee for the creation of Ekiti way back in the nineties.
“Don’t be surprised, if you have someone who was there at the birth of the state at a relatively young age as our candidate.
“He has served in many government capacities as Commissioner, Chief of Staff and other positions in both my administration and that of the first elected Governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.
“You can see that the trajectory has been very clear, has been on the upswing, has been very focussed on making Ekiti better.
“The results of the governorship election is significant.
“It is a statement about the quality of our candidate and a statement about the confidence reposed in us for having serve them meritoriously in the last four years,” Fayemi said.
Earlier, Bagudu, who doubled as the Chairman of Ekiti APC Governorship Campaign Council, praised Fayemi and other party stakeholders in the state for their steadfastness in achieving the desired victory for the party.
He congratulated the governor-elect on his victory, urging him to consolidate on the gains of the present administration in the state.
Responding, the Governor-elect, thanked the governors for the visit, promising to consolidate on the achievements of the present administration in the state.
NAN reports that the major highlight of the visit was the presentation of the original copy of the governorship election results to Oyebanji.
However, Oyebanji had earlier in his acceptance speech in Ikogosi Ekiti, extended his hands of fellowship to other contestants, saying that his victory signal hope for APC in Osun Governorship election.
The governor-elect said he would seek audience with his fellow contestants to benefit from their wealth of ideas on how to move the state forward.
Oyebanji promised that he would open the channels of consultations to gather more inputs that would form the blueprint of his administration.
He said that the coming days would witness the constitution of a transition committee to guarantee a seamless transition in demonstration of his preparedness to bring about more development to the state.
Oyebanji expressed deep appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and Fayemi for providing the needed supports that guaranteed his success in the election.
The governor-elect commended the people of the state for conducting themselves properly and using their votes to repose confidence in him to govern the state in trust for them, promising to consolidate and sustain the good legacies of his predecessors.
The governor-elect thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies and other major stakeholders, who played critical roles in ensuring the electoral process was conducted peacefully.
Ekiti election: Oyetola congratulates Oyebanji, APC leaders ElectionBy Victor AdeotiOsogbo, June 19, 2020. Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has congratulated Mr Biodun Oyebanji,the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, on his victory at Saturday’s governorship election in the state.This is contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Sunday in Osogbo .The governor also felicitated the incumbent governor Mr Kayode Fayemi, National Chairman of the APC, Sen.Abdullahi Adamu, on what he described as a well-deserved victoryHe commended President Muhammadu Buhari and presidential candidate of the APC, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu for their support and contributions to the triumph of the party at the just- concluded election.The governor also rejoiced with the people of Ekiti State for keeping faith with the APC by voting en masse for the party,Oyetola said that the outcome of the exercise was a true reflection of their wishes and aspirations.Oyetola said he was confident that the governor-elect would reciprocate the mandate given him by delivering quality governance and dividends of democracy to the people of the state.“On behalf of my family, government and the good people of Osun, I congratulate the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, on his victory at the governorship election held yesterday.“I also congratulate Governor Kayode Fayemi, the National chairman of our great party, the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, leaders and supporters of the party on this well-deserved and sweet electoral victory.“With his antecedents and leadership experience,Mr Biodun Oyebanji is no doubt a worthy successor to Governor Fayemi. I am confident that he will not disappoint the people of Ekiti,” Oyetola said.Oyetola also lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for enhancing the credibility of the electoral process with the peaceful conduct of the poll.He also commended security agencies, political parties and their candidates, and the people of Ekiti for the peaceful and successful conduct of the
The Movement of Progressive Youth of Nigeria, an APC support group for presidential ambition of former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has promised to collapse its structure to support Sen. Bola Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition..
The South West Coordinator of the pro-Amaechi group, Mr Muritala Audu gave the promise on Saturday in a congratulatory message to Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate.
Audu, a chieftain of the APC, expressed confidence that Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, possessed huge experiences to win the 2023 presidential election for APC.
The coordinator said: “I am confidently optimistic of Tinubu’s success in the 2023 general elections.
“I promise to collapse the support groups across the country in my care for the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) 2023 project so that the largest party in the African soil (APC) can continue to provide qualitative services to the people of Nigeria beyond 2023.
“I pledge my unbridled loyalty to Tinubu’s mandate as freely given to him by our great party, APC.
He described the APC Special Convention held from June 6 to 8 in Abuja as “Tinubu’s convention” because of supports from major presidential aspirants that stepped down in Tinubu’s favour at the peak of the convention.
According to him, Tinubu’s tenacity and virile contributions over the years to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria stand him out among his contemporaries.
He said that this paved way for Tinubu as being proven by results of the presidential primaries.
Audu added: “Haven emerged as our party’s presidential flag bearer, this is the time to rally round Asiwaju Tinubu, irrespective of our individual pre-convention preferences.
“Good enough, Asiwaju is a leader with stellar qualities that are maketable and acceptable to the Nigerian people, his intimidating experiences will be harnessed in building a prosperous Nigeria,” he said.
Audu, however, advised the APC national leadership to urgently inaugurate a post- primaries reconciliatory committee.
“Going forward, this is the time to strenghen the APC unity in order to confront the oppositions.
“To achieve this, I urge President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu and other national leaders of the party to ensure that the party’s unity remains intact.
“The committee should be charged with the responsibility of amending any cracks and providing political compensations where possible.
“These and many more should be done so that our party can go out as a united front and return home with victory in 2023,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Tinubu, defeated 13 other aspirants, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to clinch the APC ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu, one of the national leaders of the ruling party, polled 1,271 votes to defeat his closest rival, former Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi who got 316 votes.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) support group in Kebbi has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu to wade into the crisis rocking the party in the State.
The group, Concerned APC in Federal Constituency, made appeal in a statement issued in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
It was signed by its Chairman, Usman Ibrahim and the Secretary, Mohammed Aliyu.
The group noted that the gale of defection by top members of the APC to other political parties in the state was capable of affecting its electoral fortunes at the 2023 general elections.
The group also warned some of the party leaders against “undemocratic decisions’’ and bemoaned the current infighting in the party.
“Attempts to substitute candidates who won primary elections for whatever interest is uncalled for, unacceptable and capable of widening the crisis in the party.
“Former governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Adamu Aliero, Senate Leader, Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya and several others have defected to opposition parties because of crises in our party.
“The wave of defection will continue if actions of certain individuals capable of destroying the party are not checked.
“We are aware about moves in Birnin Kebbi and in Abuja to substitute candidates who have won the recent primary election for State House of Assembly and National Assembly on the ground that they are loyal to either Sen. Aliero or to Sen. Yahaya.
“This action is not acceptable to us as it is capable of undermining our chances at the 2023 general elections,’’ the group stressed.
The elected APC candidate for the House of Representatives in Eti-Osa Federal Constituency, Oyekanmi Elegushi, has voluntarily withdrawn his candidacy in deference to the party’s leadership.
Mr Tobi Etti, the Director of Media Unit, Prince Oyekanmi Elegushi Campaign Organisation, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
Etti said that Elegushi had conveyed his withdrawal from the contest in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.
He said even though Elegushi won the party’s primary election for 2023 election in the federal constituency, he relinquished the ticket in obedience to the party and its leadership.
“While pledging his loyalty to the party, he (Elegushi) appealed to his supporters to respect the decision of the party and ensure all the candidates of the party are returned elected in the 2023 elections,” Etti said.
He said that Elegushi won the May 27 primary election of the APC for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency after polling 25 votes to defeat the incumbent, Mr Ibrahim Obanikoro, who polled 23 votes.
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has boasted that no political party can wrestle power from the rulling APC.
He said APC has brought so much development to the country that it will be difficult for any other political party to defeat it in any election.
Tinubu gave the assertion at the grand finale of the campaign activities of APC for the Ekiti Governorship election on Tuesday, at Ekiti Parapo Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti.
He said going by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government developmental strides, it will be difficult for any political party to take over governance from the party at the moment or in the nearest future.
Tinubu, who allayed the fears of any infighting in APC as a result of the just concluded presidential primary election, said it is making the party more stronger, stable and united now than before.
He assured Ekiti people of more development and dividends of democracy, if they vote for APC in the June 18 governorship election and the 2023 general elections.
“There is no home without a qurrel. Democracy is full of twist and thorns, hills and valleys; but we cannot burn down the house, I am not going to be a party to that. I am not only a builder, but a successful builder.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has asked me to deliver a message to APC members, particularly those in Ekiti to work for the unity, stability and progress of our dear party ahead of the 2023 elections.
“Use your Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to vote in APC governorship candidate, Mr Biodun Oyebanji in the Saturday, June 18 election and that of the general elections.
“By this, you will continue to see progress in Ekiti and Nigeria at large that you are currently enjoying from APC-led government,” the former Lagos State governor assured.
Earlier, the National Chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, called on the electorate, particularly APC members, to vote en masse for the party’s governornorship candidate in the June 18 election.
Adamu said that Ekiti should vote for APC candidate, to succeed Gov. Kayode Fayemi, so that he can continue his good works and also stand for APC in all the coming elections.
The APC national chairman described the Ekiti governorship election as “a pointer election” for APC, admonishing the electorate to ensure victory for the party.
He said that, “After Bola Tinubu’s election, this is our first assignment; it is our hope that you ensure APC is victorious on Saturday, June 18.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Gov. Abubakar Baguda, Chairman, Ekiti Governorship Campaign Committee, urged the electorate to do the ruling party proud by voting for its candidate in the Saturday’s election.
He said: “We look forward to a successful election on Saturday, June 18. Vote Biodun Oyebanji, our party candidate to win.”
Earlier, Ekiti APC Chairman, Mr Paul Omotoso, said that the party hinged his mandates on the good works of Gov. Kayode Fayemi, achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and the pedigree of its governornorship candidate, Biodun Oyebanji.
He urged the people to vote for the APC candidate and ensure they protect their votes through all legitimate means.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of the APC flag to Mr Biodun Oyebanji and his deputy, Mrs Mojisola Afuye.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those present at the occasion include, Gov. Nasir Elrufai (Kaduna State); Gov. Umaru Zulum (Borno); Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara); Gov. Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State) and Gov. Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) .
Others were, Gov. Simon Lalong (Plateau); Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa); Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State); Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State); Gov. Umar Ganduje (Kano State); Gov.Inuwa Yahaya, (Gombe State); Gov. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Gov. Kayode Fayemi, the host governor.
The Forum of Former All Progressives Congress (APC) State Chairmen, says that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s emergence as the APC presidential flag bearer is a product of age-long perseverance.
The Forum congratulated Tinubu for his resounding victory at the just-concluded APC Presidential primary election held in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Saturday, jointly signed by the forum’s Chairman, Rev. Joes Ode-Erue, and Secretary, Dr. Ben Nwoye.
According to the statement, Tinubu’s victory shows that perseverance pays; and “we did not expect anything less.”
It said: “As a change agent and a patriotic citizen, his commitment to the progressives movement was instrumental to the successes APC has recorded since 2015.
“We are very confident that with you as our flag bearer victory is assured come 2023. We are equally grateful to the progressives Northern Governors Forum for supporting power shift to Southern Nigeria.
“Their decision to support candidates of Southern extraction is a clear testament that APC is a party of fairness, equality and justice.
“We equally thank our amiable President for allowing APC Presidential Candidate to emerge through democratic means.
“History will always remember President Muhammadu Buhari as indeed a true Democrat.
“We commend the APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, and his National Working Committee for organising an outstanding Special Convention where the party’s Presidential Candidate emerged through free, fair and credible primary election.”
The Forum, however, vowed to join hands with other party faithful and work tirelessly to ensure the victory of the APC in the 2023 General Elections. (