Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Presidential aspirant on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s only interest is to field the best candidate that will defeat other opponents in the 2023 presidential election.
Bello said this at a media appearance on Sunday in Abuja, noting that the candidate must be able to give the people the right kind of leadership while building on the successes of the President.
The governor said that he was optimistic that the best candidate would be chosen irrespective of region, tribe or religion, stressing that Nigerians were clamouring for who would solve the challenges of the country.
Bello, therefore, expressed optimism that he would emerge as the chosen candidate considering all that he had achieved in Kogi in terms of security, unity and progress, building on the successes of President Buhari.
“Mr President has always been providing a very wonderful leadership, the National Chairman has equally been providing a superlative leadership for our party and for our country and yesterday’s (Saturday) meeting was one of them.
“For us as aspirants in the forthcoming primary elections, we were asked to make a consensus among ourselves on who will emerge so that we can come up with one formidable candidate against the PDP.
“It is very gladdening and I know that by the grace of God, we are going to come up with the one strong candidate.
“And, I am very optimistic that I, Yahaya Bello, as the candidate to build on the leadership and successes of President Muhammadu Buhari, will emerge as the consensus candidate by the special grace of God, considering our achievements and successes in Kogi on security, unity and progress.
“Nigeria of today is all out for who is coming to solve Nigeria’s problem and not where you come from and that leadership, I by the special grace of God will provide for Nigeria,” Bello said.
On the fate of the party after the special national convention, Bello said that the party as always will come out stronger than ever before, commending the party’s leadership for a smooth process all the way.
“By the special grace of God, we are going to come out stronger than ever before. This kind of anxieties were expressed in the last convention that came up with Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as the National Chairman and other committee members.
“This kind of anxieties came up when we were electing our senators, governors and all our candidates across boards three weeks ago and we all came out very strongly.
‘By the special grace of God, I am optimistic that we are going to come out very strongly.
“By the special grace of God, I Yahaya Bello of Kogi State shall win that convention and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the general elections come 2023,” Bello added.
Bello, however, urged delegates of the parties to vote him in the forthcoming elections to give him the opportunity to continue the legacies of President Buhari to build a safe, united prosperous Nigeria.
“And, by the special grace of God, I Yahaya Bello of Kogi State shall win that convention and be the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the general elections come 2023,” Bello said.
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has warned that the party would penalise any member that disrespects its leadership, irrespective of one’s position. Adamu issued the warning on Saturday in Abuja at a news conference while reacting to the recent outburst of Sen. Bola Tinubu on President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abeokuta. Tinubu, a former two-term governor of Lagos State, is a frontline presidential aspirant of the APC and also one of the party’s leaders. “Within the last three days, the country, and the world of the social media have been inundaunted with the report of one of our leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state, when he went for his campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun. “In the course of his address, he went as far as to mention what happened between him and President Muhamadu Buhari. “He went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency. “He claimed Buhari went to him, his utterances are very insulting. “It’s very very unbecoming for a person of that standing to do what he did to the sitting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president. “We take exception to this, it has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr President. “Therefore, we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video in that reportage and we condemn it in the strongest of terms. “We do hope that he would never say that kind of thing again,” the APC national chairman said. Adamu noted that although there was a retraction of the comment by Tinubu, the effort was not adequate. He said at the time Tinubu made the comments, the party’s presidential screening committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had not presented its report to the party’s leadership. He said there was therefore no justification for the outburst of the former Lagos State governor at the time he spoke. On whether there would be punitive measures against Tinubu, Adamu said: “You see in Hausa there is a proverb that once you take hold of any amount of grass from a thatched house and you pulled it off from the roof, you can’t replace the same number of grass. “What is out is out, what he did say was not an apology, it is just like trying to retract and you say, I didn’t mean this. It’s a problem of misinterpretation. It is not a regret. “If there is the need to penalise any member of the party, not just Bola Tinubu, anybody, we will bring him to the party’s book, anybody as we watch events as they unfold.” Adamu dismissed speculations that 10 out of the party’s 23 presidential aspirants had been disqualified. “I want to say very clearly that no aspirant has been disqualified. It’s like sitting in an examination. “Even if you pass, there is grading from first-class to ordinary pass, so no aspirant was disqualified, incidentally, the president has invited all of them to a dinner today (Saturday),” he said.
An architect, Shehu Tukur, won the All Progressive Congress (APC) Nasarawa West Senatorial District rescheduled primary election held in Keffi on Saturday.
Tukur polled 179 votes to defeat a lawyer, Labaran Magaji who polled 114 votes.
A total of 294 delegates were expected at the exercise, but one delegate was absent.
Declaring the result, Chairman of the electoral committee, retired Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Jibrin, thanked security operatives, the aspirants, the media and the delegates for a successful exercise.
He prayed that the APC’s candidate wins at the general elections in 2023.
Speaking with newsmen after his election, Tukur appreciated delegates who voted him and pledged to defend their interests if voted in at the general election in 2023.
He admitted that the process was hectic and thanked God for the successful outcome.
“APC is a family and I call on my co-contestant to join me in ensuring that APC wins, not only in Nasarawa West senatorial district, but in entire Nasarawa State and in Nigeria at large.
“It is a great pleasure that we carried this battle up to this level and it has been concluded peacefully. I pray for a peaceful Nasarawa State and a peaceful Nigeria,’’ he said.
Also speaking with newsmen, Magaji who lost the election congratulated Tukur for emerging as the winner and congratulated himself for making it to the end.
“For me alone to fight this battle to this level shows that there is hope ahead of us. Everybody knows the institutions, characters and personalities I withstood till date but I stand tall to arrive at this level.
“I congratulate myself; congratulate my teeming supporters. APC is the party to beat at the general elections,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the primary election did not conclude without controversy which led to delay for several days.
The controversy was that the original delegates list for the election was allegedly tampered with thereby compelling a frontrunner in the contest, Hon. Ahmed Wadada, to withdraw in protest.
In spite of Wadada’s withdrawal, APC went ahead to first conduct the election on Sunday, May 29, but angry youths broke security barriers and violently disrupted the process leading to its postponement to June 4.
The senatorial seat was vacated by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu after his emergence as the National Chairman of the APC.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 Presidential Screening Committee, has said that the committee engaged the 23 presidential aspirants that appeared before it on issues of consensus. He said this on Friday in Abuja, while submitting the 7-man committee report to the party`s National Chairman Sen. Abdullahi Adamu. “Our respected national chairman and other distinguished members of the National Working Committee(NWC), it is our pleasure to be here with you today to present our report to you. “We had the privilege of being inaugurated by you on May 30, and we immediately started work same day, after a brief meeting. “All the aspirants were engaged on the issue of consensus and it was a pleasant surprise that 98 to 99 per cent of them agreed that the party is supreme, that whatever it finally decides with proper consultations, would likely be accepted. “Though one aspirant said that; yes I will accept consensus so long as it is settled on me. “First, we had 23 presidential aspirants that we interacted with and my first comment is that we are indeed a very luck party,” Odigie-Oyegun said. He added that though 23 presidential aspirants presented themselves for screening, there were other prominent Nigerians within and outside the country that applied but could not proceed with their applications. He said the quality of the aspirants were unquestionable, adding that the committee was surprised at the active participation of youthful members of the party. He added that the committee was particularly surprised by the life accomplishment of the youths in the race, their understanding of the country`s situations and why they wanted to have the privilege of governing her. “What was important was that they so believed in the country and the party that they were able to pay the sums they paid for its Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to participate in the process. “So, I think the party ought to part itself on the back for that,’’ Odigie-Oyegun who was a former national chairman of the APC and a former Edo governor, said. He explained that the committee`s report was in two aspects; the basic constitutional qualification to aspire to be a president of the country, and the ability to lead and background of the aspirant. He said all the aspirants had the constitutional basic requirements and were qualified in that regard, because it was basic and simple. “But we are a governing party, and we are keying on continuing the process and replacing at the proper time, our president with yet another member of the party,” he said. He said for this reason, the ability of the aspirants to lead, their background, experience and understanding of the Nigerian situation became critical. He said their ideas on how difficult issues and problems could be addressed and how they could move the country forward also became a critical consideration at the screening. “It is on that bases, that who you are, what are you and what have you achieved. “And the understanding of your mission and what you think you can do to move the country forward made our final list. “I don’t want to read the names, I think we will leave that to you, but we have a short list which brought the number severely down to 13. “We could have cut it a little shorter, but we wanted deliberately all the younger elements to surface,” Odigie-Oyegun said. He said the idea was for the younger aspirants to be seen and noticed and handed over to the party’s leadership to decide who their preferred candidate would be for 2023 presidential election. He said it was also an opportunity to showcase the kind of people that existed in the APC and within it, their youthfulness and the kind of experience they had. This, he added, was for the world to know that the APC cared for the young and when it said the young shall aspire, it really meant it. “This had been showcased in the report we have written. “We only drew a word of caution that there is this cleavage that is gradually becoming centre stage in national discourse, between the North and the South and the presidency. “And we just want to advise strongly that the party should please think of it in making its decision, address it and let it influence their thoughts because it has its own implications,” he stressed. Odigie-Oyegun thanked the party`s leadership for the opportunity to serve in the committee, saying that though it was a sensitive and challenging assignment, it was an interesting one. “We all profited from the assignment immensely and think the party will also profit,” he said. He said the committee members were happy to take on the responsibility to do as much as they could do to make the work of the party lighter. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adamu while receiving the report, said the party’s leadership would look into it.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says only 13 aspirants, out of 23 have been cleared to contest for the party’s ticket in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Chairman of the seven-man 2023 APC Presidential Screening Committee, announced this on Friday in Abuja, while submitting the report of the committee to the party’s leadership.
Odigie-Oyegun, however, did not mention the names of the aspirants that were cleared or those that were not cleared by the committee.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman while receiving the report, said it would be looked into by the party’s leadership.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 23 presidential aspirants appeared before the Odegie-Oyegun-led committee that sat for two days.
Some of the aspirants include; Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who until recently was, the Minister of Transportation.
Others are; ex-governor of Akwa Ibom and former Minister of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Former Imo governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Ogun governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Cross River’s Gov. Ben Ayade, and his Ebonyi counterpart, Gov. Dave Umahi, are also in the race.
Also in the race are former President of the Senate, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Jigawa’s Gov. Badaru Abubakar and President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan.
Others are; former Zamfara governor, Sen. Ahmed Yerima, Pastor Nicholas Nwagbo, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole ,and the only female contender, Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye.
The cleared aspirants are to contest the party’s 2023 presidential ticket at its presidential primary scheduled to hold between June 6 and June 8, at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Governors of the All Progressives Congress to ensure that the forthcoming convention to pick a presidential candidate reflects all the values and virtues of the party.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, in a statement on Tuesday, said the president gave the charge at a meeting with 22 Governors elected on the platform of the APC and the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, at the State House, Abuja.
He said: ”The processes for the 2023 General Elections have commenced in earnest and I note that the most successful political parties globally have always relied on their internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to achieve bigger electoral fortunes.
”Our party, the APC, shall not be any different, more so as we are still implementing the blueprint for a more prosperous nation.
“As I begin the final year of my second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of the party, I recognize the compelling need for me to provide stronger leadership to the party under this transition process and to ensure that it happens in an orderly manner.
“Such leadership is required so that the party remains strong and united.
”It is also needed to improve our electoral fortunes by ensuring that it retains power at the center, hold the great majority in various legislative chambers and also gain additional number of states.
“In a few days, the party will be holding its Convention during which primaries would take place to pick the Presidential Flag Bearer for the 2023 General Elections.
”This is a very significant process and its outcome should prove to the world, the positive quality of the APC regarding democratic principles, culture as well as leadership.”
The president appealed to all the governors “to allow our interests to converge, our focus to remain on the changing dynamics of our environment, the expectations of our citizens and the global community.
”Our objective must be the victory of our party and our choice of candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence even before the elections.”
Buhari assured that the consultation process would continue, to ensure that all aspirants and stakeholders would be brought on board right through to the convention.
According to him, this will also ensure that any anxiety occasioned by different factors are effectively brought under control, and that the party (APC) emerges stronger.
Speaking on behalf of the States’ helmsmen, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum said the party must build on successes of its recent elective convention, and the primaries conducted so far.
Hsaid the party must come up with a candidate who would walk in the footsteps of patriotism and love for the country, which the President had shown.
“We will support Mr President to have a very successful convention,” he pledged.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, a frontline presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday appeared before the party’s John Odigie-Oyegun-led seven-man Presidential Screening Committee.
According to a statement issued by Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director-General Tinubu Campaign Organisation, the former two-term Lagos State governor answered questions bordering on his upbringing, educational and professional background at the screening.
Onanuga said Tinubu, who is also one of the leaders of the APC, told the panel why he is qualified to fly the flag of the APC as its 2023 presidential candidate.
“He cited his success as governor of Lagos State, his raising the internal revenue generation of the state from a paltry N600 million monthly, which has now grown to N51 billion today.
“He also cited his invitation to Enron to begin the first state-backed power generation in Nigeria and how Nigeria will need to take the power transmission lines as a highway.
“Tinubu in his answers demonstrated vast knowledge in economic management and a perfect understanding of Nigeria’s political economy,” Onanuga said.
He added that the screening committee expressed satisfaction with Tinubu’s knowledge of the economy and socio-political issues that were currently affecting the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 11 other aspirants were screened by the committee, including former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Jigawa Governor, Abubakar Badaru.
Others are Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, Pastor Tunde Bakare, General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, former Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba and the only female presidential aspirant, Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye.
The rest are Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, Pastor Felix Nicholas, former President of the Senate Ken Nnamani, former governor of Ogun, Sen. Ibikunle Amosu and former governor of Zamfara, Sen. Sani Ahmed.
NAN further reports that though 28 presidential aspirants bought the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms, only 23 are listed for screening, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan being touted as a likely consensus candidate for the APC is, however, not on the list of aspirants to be screened by the Odigie-Oyegun led screening committee.
Members of the screening panel were inaugurated by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman behind closed doors before the commencement of the screening at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.
Tinubu, who arrived the venue at 5:50 p.m., was accompanied by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and some chieftains of the Tinubu Support Groups led by James Faleke and former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal.
A source in the screening committee said Tinubu was ushered in at about 8:20 p.m. and left after less than an hour with the panel.
Rotimi Amaechi, who came in on the heels of Tinubu, was the last to be screened last night.
Aspirants left to be screened are Vice President Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, former Speaker Oladimeji Bankole, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi and former Minister of Niger Delta Development, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.
Also left to be screened are Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Tein Jack-Rich, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade and former Minister of Information, Ikeobasi Mokelu.
Mokelu served as Minister of Information in the military administration of late Gen. Sani Abacha.
Though slated for screening today, the fate of Sen. Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past governor of Imo who is presently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is unknown.
The former governor will have a date in court today over allegations of misappropriating N2.9 billion. He has also filed a N1 billion suit against the commission to challenge his arrest.
Missing on the screening list of aspirants to be screened, apart from Jonathan, are the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina and Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emifiele.
Also missing on the list is the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.
The APC special convention for its presidential primary had been fixed for June 6 to June 8 at the Abuja Eagle Square, while the screening of its presidential aspirants is expected to be concluded Tuesday.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the party would take a decision on zoning after screening its 2023 presidential aspirants.
Adamu said this in an interview with selected Hausa service media organisations late Wednesday night, adding that the presidential aspirants would be scrutinised in accordance with the party’s guidelines for the 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party’s electoral guidelines provide three methods of choosing its candidates for an election, which include: direct, indirect, and consensus.
Speaking on the party’s zoning arrangement, Adamu said that no decision would be taken until its aspirants were all screened.
“We have not produced our candidate for the presidency yet, we have to screen the aspirants to know the way forward.
“We have aspirants from across the country in the presidential race. We will take the decision when we get there,” the APC national chairman said.
On the number of the presidential aspirants, Adamu said members of the party could not be denied the right to contest for president.
“You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting elections or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right, and we are happy for them.
“There is nothing wrong for anybody aspiring for the exalted seat of the president, it is God that decides who gets what.
“We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket, and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket. If it’s God’s wish, they all can even be president of the country one after the other.
“Our goal is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges as the candidate of the party, that does not mean we are perfect, but we pray we do the right thing,” he said.
On the possibility of the party adopting the type of consensus arrangement that produced him as its chairman, Adamu said the chairmanship position was not the same as that of the president.
He stressed that there was no comparison between the two positions.
“However, the party has laid down its rules and regulations for the aspirants, we would scrutinise all of them based on our guidelines to be sure we pick the right candidate for the party,” he said.
He debunked insinuations that a large number of the party’s presidential aspirants was a subtle ploy to extend the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in office.
“I can only say that God will deal with those behind such insinuations. President Buhari had since 2019 declared that he would not seek a tenure extension.
“He told everybody and swore with the Qur’an that he would not breach constitutional provision on his two terms tenure.
“The issue does not even arise, the president, while performing the Lesser Hajj reiterated this position.
“If there is truth in such talks, none of the aspirants would have procured the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms,” he said.
Speaking on the allegations that the party’s aspirants were sharing money with delegates, Adamu said he had no evidence to that effect.
He said, for now, there was, however, no law against aspirants taking their campaign to delegates.
“I don’t have evidence that aspirants are sharing money with delegates, for me, it’s the delegates that are selling their conscience, which is not proper.
“Our delegates should know that anybody sharing money with them can’t be the right candidate for the party, he doesn’t mean well for the country. I don’t have a solution for the problem,” he said.
With 145 governorship aspirants and 25 presidential aspirants, Adamu explained that politicians were rushing to the APC because it is the government in power with everyone that matter in the country as its member.
“It is because that is where those that matter in the country are. It didn’t start today; we are the government in power.
“Today, in spite of all the insults, the APC has an advantage far ahead of other political parties.
“Today, the APC is the biggest party in Nigeria. It’s natural that it will attract more Nigerians than any other party. This is where it is happening.
“Any right-thinking politician would naturally gravitate towards the APC.
“Of course, we have our problems, but today we are the cynosure of all Nigerians, and I am hopeful, God willing, we will retain power in the general election,” he said. (
Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser, to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was has performed creditably well in spite of criticism by his opponents.
Adesina was speaking during the 6th Anniversary and Award Ceremony of the Presidential Diary Magazine in Abuja.
The Presidential spokesman, who took time to rollout the achievements of his principal, urged the critics of government to be critical and fair to the Buhari administration.
“ I commend the guest lecturer for being objective and balanced in your analysis. No government will be happy to see its citizens being killed.
”Niether will any government be happy with the killings but the narrative in the country today is as if the government is interested in what is happening.
“ This government has equipped our armed forces more than any other government in the history of this country, especially with platforms and equipment; today we have over 30 serviceable aircrafts all procured by this administration,” he said.
He stressed the need for citizens to appreciate government’s efforts in fighting insecurity in the country.
“What I will like to say here is that everybody including you and I need to appreciate this administration from time to time because every government needs encouragement,” he said.
Adesina said his principal had invested much in infrastructure compared to the previous administration’s.
“This administration built infrastructure, roads, rail, bridges, 2nd Niger Bridge that has been in the drawing board since Shehu Shagari days, but this administration commissioned it in October 2021.
“The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road, Loko-Oweto Bridge that link Nasarawa, Benue and eastern part of the country,” he said.
He therefore appreciated the publishers of Presidential Diary Magazine for their efforts in documenting the achievements and the giant stride of the Buhari administration.
In his welcome remarks, the organisers of the event, Mr Abubakar Jimoh said the Magazine was determine to ensure the protection of democracy and good governance.
.”Through active disseminations of relevant information on policies and programmes of government.”
Jimoh said it would collaborate with relevant agencies to promote good governance in the country.
He, however, said that the organisation had been transformed by the publication and had become a non-governmental organisatio, providing platforms where young people were helping one another.
The guest lecturer, Prof. Murtala Ahmed, emphasised the need for media practitioners to always adhere to the ethics of the profession.
Ahmed also enjoined the practitioners to use their platform to promote peace and unity of the country, especially at a time the country was heading towards another round of elections in 2023.
On his part, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, said media practitioners must be vigilant and responsible in the discharge of their duties.
Adamu, represented by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Felix Mwoka said media actions could either negatively or positively impact the society.
“ Media must report objectively, responsibly and with an unbiased mind-set,” he said.
The representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Wing Commander Chris Erodu said the Nigeria air force was committed to defending the territorial integrity of the country.
He assured the gathering that the force will continue to do its best to fulfil its core mandate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Presidential Diary Magazine is produced monthly to showcase the activities of the government.
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on Monday in Abuja, unveiled her support for female aspirants ahead of the 2023 general elections. Mrs. Buhari gave this indication when she visited Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aisha later told newsmen after a closed-door meeting with Adamu, that the visit was to congratulate the APC chairman for the good work he was doing for the party. “We are also here to seek support for women. They should not be forgotten by the party. “We congratulate the party chairman and to thank the party’s stewards for the work they are doing.” Earlier, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, stressed that women should not be forgotten in the party’s scheme of things. This, she said, is because women’s world is critically in all elective positions. NAN reports that in company of the president’s wife, was the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and some female dignitaries.