Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) has advised Nigerians to be security conscious.
He gave the advice shortly after a courtesy visit to the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa at his palace in Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on Monday.
“We have the responsibility as government to take care of the citizenry’s security but security is everybody’s business.
“If anyone is doing anything wrong, you have the responsibility to report to the nearest authority.
“If you keep quiet, you are endangering the peace and tranquility of the country and your family.
“You allow one little thing to happen and you don’t know how it will go. So everyone should see himself or herself as agent of security in this country,” he said.
He also appealed to Nigerians to shelve their differences, be law abiding and love themselves, irrespective of their religious or tribal differences.
“I enjoin Nigerians to love their neighbours as they love themselves as ordained by the holy books.
“If we abide those simple divine instruction, we will have tranquility and we will have stability and we will witness rapid development in the country,” he said.
The APC Chairman expressed gratitude to God for the state of Nigerians who were able to carry out the 30 days Holy Ramadan fasting, and celebrate the Eid-El-Fitr in good health.
The Emir, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, lauded the people of Keffi Emirate and muslims across the country for the successful completion of the holy ramadan fasting.
He also called for Nigerians to be proactive with regards to security and their active participation in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The traditional ruler also stressed the need for farmers in the emirate to go to their farms since the rainy season had commenced.
National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has emphasised the need for all Nigerians to continue to pray for sustained peace, progress and development in Nigeria.
Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa State, gave the advice after observing the two raka’at prayer in company of the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Yamusa, at Keffi Eid ground, on Monday.
The APC national chairman, who said that prayer remained the most effective weapons against all societal challenges, urged Nigerians to continue to support the APC-led administration to move the country to greater heights.
“On this auspicious occasion, let us share a message of love, unity and universal brotherhood.
“We should not forget to pray for our people who are daily experiencing security challenges in their respective areas as well as our gallant security personnel who are tirelessly fighting for the country.
“We must strive to bring smiles on their faces by raising our voices and expressing our love and solidarity,” he said.
Adamu urged Nigerians to work together to make Nigeria greater and show the world that we are one and will continue to be united, irrespective of our ethnic and religious affiliations.
“We must try to resist forces of evil and disaffection and allow peace and unity to reign among us in the spirit of Ramadan,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of this week advised those planning to rig the 2023 general elections to perish the thought or regret their decisions.
He vowed to use every legitimate means to protect the votes of Nigerians.
The president gave the advice at a dinner he had with members of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria to break Thursday’s Ramadan fast.
“Those planning to rig the 2023 elections should think twice because I intend to resolutely protect and defend the sacred will of the Nigerian people to be expressed through the ballot box,’’ he said.
He also cautioned against foreign interference in the elections.
The president had also hosted members of the business community and the leadership of political parties to the Iftar dinner on April 27.
At the event, Buhari urged political parties to keep elections and election-related differences aside and join the administration’s drive to defeat insecurity in the country.
The president said: ‘‘Without mass, popular support to our hard working Armed Forces, it will take us much longer to finish off the successful war we are waging against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.”
President Buhari also received the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja.
He lauded the AfDB for planning ahead of whatever negative consequences may come from the Russia-Ukraine war in terms of food security.
Adesina had briefed the president on steps being taken by the bank to avert food crisis in Africa, in the foreseeable future.
Also on Tuesday, President Buhari met behind closed-doors with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor, when accosted by State House correspondents, declined comment on the outcome of his meeting with the president, saying his visit to the villa was private.
The News Agency of Nigeria , however, reliably learnt that Tambuwal briefed President Buhari on socio-economic and security developments in his state.
NAN reports that the president also met behind closed door with Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on the same day.
Bagudu, who is also the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, declined comment on the outcome of his meeting with the president.
The Nigerian leader had on Wednesday sworn-in four new Permanent Secretaries at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.
The president administered the oaths of office on the permanent secretaries shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The affected permanent secretaries are Mrs Beatrice Jiddy-Agba, Kachollom Daju, Malam Shehu Ibrahim and Mary Ogbe.
The FEC meeting approved $3.87million and additional N10.4billion for execution of contracts for the nation’s power sector to boost electricity supply across the country.
The approved power projects included the design, construction and installation of a 260 kilometre transmission line from Birnin-Kebbi, through Zuru, to Yauri in Kebbi State as well as procurement of two 60 MVA 13233KV sets of Power Transformers.
NAN reports that N201.8million of the approved N10.4billion was meant for variation for the completion of Katampe to National Stadium 132 direct circuit line power project.
President Buhari on Thursday joined the Muslim faithful at the State House Mosque to witness the conclusion of Tafsir (Interpretation of the Qur’an) as Muslims around the world approached end of the Ramadan fast.
The President, who participated in the daily exercise throughout the one month period, had also used his evenings to host guests from cross sections of the country to Iftar (The breaking of fast).
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said the President used the occasions to practice the values projected by the Ramadan.
These, according to him, include the promotion of discipline and personal sacrifice, care and love for less fortunate, promotion of national unity and support for the Armed Forces as they fight to end terrorism and other crimes in the country.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, on April 29, presented Ekiti APC gubernatorial candidate, Abiodun Oyebanji to President Buhari.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 18, 2022 for the conduct of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election.
Receiving the candidate at the State House, Abuja, the president noted that he had served Ekiti State in many capacities including as Chief of Staff, Commissioner and Secretary to the State Government.
“Being Governor will just be continuity of service. I honestly wish you the best of luck.”
Adamu, who later spoke to State House correspondents, expressed hope that the APC would emerge victorious in the Ekiti governorship election.
On the forthcoming party primaries, Adamu gave the assurance that the exercise would be free and fair and would produce acceptable candidates.
Similarly, the Presidency, on Friday, announced the resumption of the traditional Sallah homage to the President by residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, two years after it was stopped following the lockdown to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic.
” President Muhammadu Buhari is set to receive the visitors, numbering about 100, at the New State House Banquet Hall at 3:00pm on Sallah Day (Sunday or Monday), itself to be determined by moon sighting to be announced by Islamic authorities in the country,” President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement.
According to the presidential aide, invited Guests for the event will be led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello.
The President concluded the week with the hosting of Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, accompanied by members of the Royal Court of Benin and the Board of Trustees of the Benin Royal Museum at the State House, Abuja, on Friday.
The traditional ruler thanked the president on the recent return of two important Benin Bronzes to its original place of abode by the University of Cambridge and the University of Aberdeen, both in the United Kingdom, after 125 years.
President Buhari, on his part, pledged that the Federal Government would continue to vigorously pursue the repatriation of looted Nigeria’s artefacts from abroad, including 1,130 Benin Bronzes in Germany’s public museums.
A two-time member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ahmed Wadada says he is in the race for Nasarawa West Senatorial District to win and replace Sen. Abdullahi Adamu in the National Assembly.
Wadada said this on Friday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen after picking the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the seat in 2023.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Wadada is the current Chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited.
Sen. Adamu who occupied the seat before, recently resigned after emerging as the national chairman of the APC at its March 26, National Convention.
Wadada said his chances at emerging victorious in the election was bright as a man of the people with vast political and administrative experience.
“If you limit me to the private sector alone, you are not doing justice to my blessings, neither are you doing justice to my people.
“I am have both public and private sector experience and the National Assembly will not be a new place to me. I was a member of the fifth and sixth assemblies.
“And, my representation was well felt. I impacted as much as I could, not only to my Federal Constituency, or to my state alone, but to Nigeria as a whole,” he said.
The aspirant added that given the proximity of the state to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he would address its socio political problems of the state.
He said he would also put in place enabling laws to deepen, diversify and grow the economy well-being of the people of the state.
Wadada said he was well prepared for the election since it was going to be about the people.
“I have been with the people, I have always related and aligned with them, I have always associated and supported and assisted my people, so I am a man of the people.
“As far as Nasarawa West Senatorial District is concerned, I am the man to beat,” he stressed.
He commended the APC Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC), saying that the party’s national chairman was a political guru who knew the way and manner to get things fixed.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has presented Ekiti APC gubernatorial candidate, Abiodun Oyebanji to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 18, 2022 for the conduct of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election.
Receiving the candidate at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, the president said:
“You have served Ekiti State in many capacities, including as Chief of Staff, Commissioner, and Secretary to the State Government. Being Governor will just be continuity of service.
“I honestly wish you the best of luck.”
The National Chairman had earlier told the president that APC was planning to win the contest, “by the grace of God,” adding that it was the reason the candidate was being presented for presidential blessings.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who also accompanied the national chairman, said the APC candidate (Oyebanji) had been involved in governance in Ekiti in the past 20 years, and has acquitted himself creditably.
Others at the event include the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and the National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore. (
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all political parties in the country to keep elections and election-related differences aside and join the administration’s drive to defeat insecurity in the country.
Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman in a statement late Tuesday night, said the president made the call at an Iftar dinner with members of the business community and the leadership of political parties in Abuja.
The presidential aide quoted the president as describing insecurity as a ‘‘common enemy’’ bedevilling the country.
The president said: ‘‘Without mass, popular support to our hard working Armed Forces, it will take us much longer to finish off the successful war we are waging against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.
”Our country must be kept safe for progress and prosperity to be entrenched.
‘‘I look forward to seeing the reflection of this spirit in the relationship between the parties and the government, especially as the electioneering season will soon be on us.”
Buhari recounted that last week the National Executive Committee ( NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a tremendous success at its meeting, ending with a clear message that the party would continue to push for the establishment of democratic principles at all levels.
‘‘Today, we can proudly say that we have a political system that allows political parties of all views and persuasions, reflecting the diversity of our nation to co-exist, and contest for elections at all levels of government without fear or institutional bias and pressure’’.
On ease of doing business in the country, President Buhari revealed that his administration had done exceedingly well in improving the business climate.
He, therefore, urged the private sector to complement government’s effort in poverty reduction and job creation for the young people.
‘‘No administration has done as much as we have done in the creation of a climate best suited for business, big and small, to thrive.
‘‘The ease of doing business index that is globally recognized has acknowledged that the ease with which business is carried out in the country has never been better than it is today. We will continue to make it better.
‘‘We will equally continue to count on the support of the private sector to improve economic growth and create new job opportunities for our teeming population.
‘‘Employment is critical to stability and prosperity of our country. Government and the private sector, working together, have an opportunity to transform the lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine in the past,’’ he said.
The National Chairman of the APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, who spoke at the event, urged leaders of political parties to make firm commitments towards peaceful and successful 2023 general elections, and challenged them to work in unison to achieve the purpose.
According to him, as leaders, leadership demands that they take responsibility in ensuring peace and stability and inspiring the party faithful and Nigerians to conform to the laws of land in matters relating to electioneering and the elections.
Speaking on behalf of leaders of other political parties, Yusuf Yabagi, the Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP), who described the President as a true democrat, said the Iftar event and the invitation by the President has introduced ‘‘credibility, respect and admiration in the polity’’.
Yabagi, who is also the Coordinator Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), said:‘‘The fact that political leaders of various political parties are sitting with you today speaks volumes that you are truly a democrat and believe in the project of growing democracy in this country,’’ he said.
He announced that IPAC was preparing to give the president an award as ‘‘Hero of Democracy’’, citing the historic signing into law of the Electoral Act, describing it as a paradigm shift that would guarantee peaceful, acceptable and all-inclusive elections in the country.
On the forthcoming elections, Yabagi said:
‘‘Mr President, history beckons on you. 2023 is going to be your glorious exit. That is our prayer and for that to happen you have to take charge of every activity that matter in the exercise’’.
The IPAC Coordinator, who commended INEC for innovation and reforms towards ensuring credible elections, appealed to the president to look into the role of security agencies in the forthcoming general elections.
‘‘Members of IPAC are worried by the programme of INEC that elected candidates will spend 10 months campaigning around the country. That is a herculean task.
‘‘We also want the President to consider the appointment of a Political Liaison Officer,’’ Yabagi said.
He noted that the office would ensure better coordination between the President’s office and political parties.
Commenting on the type of leader Nigeria needs after President Buhari, a representative of the business community and Group Managing Director, Sahara Group, Kola Adesina, said the next President of Nigeria must carry ‘‘the banner of hope for a new Nigeria , not a banner of self.’’
‘‘We are transitioning and I want to respectfully ask the President that anybody who comes around to show interest in leadership, you must ask them for their manifesto. Not what they want to do but how they want to do it.
‘‘The challenge has always been how, not what,’’ he said.
Adesina, who thanked the president for sustaining investments in infrastructure across the country, including the Second Niger Bridge, the East-West Road, among others, stressed the need for continuity by the next government.
A political pressure group, Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPD), has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt former president Goodluck Jonathan, as the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
The National Coordinator of the group, Mr Ralph Okorie, who made the call on Monday at a news conference in Abuja, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to endorse the Jonathan project.
“There is a need for experience and continuity. The two enjoy the most cordial relationship that had ever existed between an incumbent and his immediate predecessor,” he said.
Okorie said the call for Buhari to endorse Jonathan was to ensure that candidates without clear cut vision do not emerge as the party’s flag-bearer in the 2023 presidential election.
He said that allowing candidates without clear cut vision to get into the Presidential Villa in 2023, would not only be suicidal but would be like aiding and supporting incompetence over competence.
According to Okorie, the persistent calls from different parts of the country for Jonathan to contest the 2023 presidential election indicates that Nigerians have genuinely and passionately join the support for Jonathan.
“We acknowledge that the ripple effects of good governance is multi-generational, hence, the CNPD for Jonathan call on all Nigerians to support this agenda.
“We strongly believe that this administration is working round the clock to address the two major problems of security and economy bedeviling this country.
“It will be counter-productive to bring an amateur to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at this material time.
“As vanguards for Nigeria’s development, peace and unity, we want to reiterate that, our beloved country cannot afford to have a regional champion as a flagbearer.
“It is imperative that Dr Abdullahi Adamu as the National Chairman of APC will use the best man for the job to win this election bearing in mind that anything short of a Jonathan ticket will cost APC the presidency in 2023,” Okorie said.
He noted that the achievements of Jonathan stood him out among all the aspirants that have so far indicated interests for the presidential election and describing him as one of the most outstanding presidents the country had produced.
“For instance, within two weeks, Jonathan grounded the activities of Boko Haram insurgency and gave Nigeria a credible election adjudged by domestic and international observers as free and fair.
“Nigeria’s economic trajectory under his presidency was globally recognised as his national economic prowess earned the country the status of the largest economy in Africa.
“Today, some of the talented people who worked under his government are championing global economic transformations.
“Nigerians have not forgotten the glorious days of GEJ with Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga, Akinwumi Adesina, Mohammed Pateh, to mention but a few.
“We are still yearning for the immense contribution of Akinwumi Adesina who was the brain behind Jonathan’s agricultural transformation agenda that saw the increase in agriculture produce, value chain and foreign exchange earnings from the sector.
“In terms of foreign policy, Nigeria under Jonathan saw huge foreign direct investment, FDI, and infrastructure developments due to his economic liberalist and friendly dispositions,” Okorie added.
The CNPD coordinator also said that the Nigeria diasporic policy enhanced over 24 billion dollars in remittances under Jonathan which made Nigeria and Nigerians the pride of Africa and the world.
He added that Jonathan’s return to power would not only enhance economic, foreign policy and security situation but would provide favourable environment for national engagement and dialogue.
Okorie, however, called on Jonathan to listen to the numerous calls and observe the political mood across Nigeria as he would give impetus to APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has identified ego between past and incumbent governors of the party as reason for the crisis in some of its state chapters. Adamu, while speaking at the party`s 11th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, said lack of unity in some of the party`s state chapters could cost its electoral victory in 2023. He recalled that in its efforts to unite the party, its former Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) constituted a national reconciliation committee to find lasting peace in the party. “I know that President Muhammadu Buhari is not unmindful of what happened to the Peoples` Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 and 2015 when it lost the presidential election. “Our party is not immune to similar fate should it conduct itself in such a way that continues to undermine the legacy of the founding fathers to build this party. “I was the chairman of the national reconciliation committee and came out of the assignment fully conversant of the problems. “The battle rarely is a battle for supremacy between serving state governors and their predecessors in office, it is a crisis fueled by ego, so ego is the enemy,’’ he said. Adamu, who is a former governor of Nasarawa State added that ego between former and serving governors of the APC had turned them into bitter enemies. He said because of ego, groups supporting the party`s past and serving governors were putting it in jeopardy, adding that such development could affect the party`s electoral victory in 2023 general elections. “The serving and past governors are powerful men, each of them are leaders in their own right in there states, but when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. “Similarly, when two powerful politicians fight, the party suffers, because the speech and actions of these powerful men will bring a filthy and odious stench to our party,’’ he said. He maintained that while the party`s former governors were recognised as powerful in their own way, incumbent governors remained the party`s leaders in their respective states. This, he said, was in line with the party’s Constitution, adding that APC former governors must recognise that fact and respect its state structure. “Our party’s Constitution makes no room for two party leaders in a state, there is no reason to compete with serving governors for the leadership of the party,’’ Adamu said. He added that there was, however, need to take urgent and targeted steps to unite the party at all levels if it must continue in its winning ways in 2023 and beyond. He said the party must emerge from incessant challenges to prepare for the coming tasks ahead. Adamu said the party must also begin the process of banishing disagreement and build on its past and present experiences. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adamu, until he assumed office as APC National Chairman, was the Senator representing Nasarawa West in the Senate. Some dignitaries at the meeting included President, Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC governors, state chairmen and other members of the National Working Committee (NEC). APC governors were lead to the meeting by the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Source Credit: NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari has again cautioned leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at both national and state levels against imposing unpopular candidates as the 2023 general election approaches.
The president gave the warning at the 11th meeting of the National Working Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja.
He also enjoined the leadership to always follow due process in all the party processes as well as to develop more mechanisms against corruption.
“I enjoin you all to follow due process in all the party processes and more importantly to develop more mechanisms against corruption.
“I call on all party members to abide by all extant laws, rules, and regulations and to leaders of our party to avoid imposition of candidates that cannot win popular elections.
“This dictatorial behavior cost us many strategic seats in the past. In the recent past this led to some of our strong members unfortunately opting to go elsewhere because of unfairly oppressive behavior of party leaders at state level.
“I must caution strongly against any tendency towards developing cliques, in–fighting within the party.
“We want to win well not succumb to factions on account of personal acerbities and desire to retain control at all costs. That surely is not the road to win,’’ he said.
The president also told new members of the National Working Committee (NWC), which had been delegated powers of NEC for a period, to work towards keeping the party together by creating more room for discussions.
“There’s no time to develop differences among ourselves. We have no time for that,’’ he added
Buhari also warned of tougher security measures in restive parts of the country, review of operations and strategy, reassuring Nigerians that the efforts that resulted in relative peace in South-South, and rescuing of North-East from the hold of terrorists would be ramped up.
According to him, the major security challenges have remained in the North Central and North West, saying, “We are going to be very tough.’’
He added: “I will like us to reflect on what the situation was before we came in. How many Local Government Areas were under the control of terrorists in the North-East?
“In the South-South, we all know what the situation was; now we have relative peace. With the resources at our disposal, we have done very well.
“People are very forgetful. Our main problem now is in the North West and North Central. People are killing one another in these places, what for? We are going to be very tough.’’
On forthcoming general elections in 2023, Buhari urged party members to be more mindful of the pitfalls that led to the ouster of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
“The PDP thought that only time could remove them, and the time actually came. They thought it was impossible to lose elections,’’ he added.
He said the APC was formed by a merger of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), some members from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP, which was a faction of the then ruling party.
“We put together a committee with clear terms of reference on how to remove the PDP from power. The PDP thought it wasn’t going to be possible. But it happened,’’ he said.
The president commended the Mai Mala Buni-led -ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) for offering themselves to serve the party at a critical moment in utmost satisfaction despite all the attendant challenges and for organising the National Convention that produced the NWC.
“I must also sincerely thank all the aspirants for their desire to serve but had to withdraw their aspirations for the over-all interest of our Party. I consider it an honour to my person and an unwavering sacrifice for the unity of our great party as we approach the coming elections.
“I plead with all aspirants who were not elected to put in efforts in support of the leaderships of the Party to achieve our goal of success in the forthcoming elections.
“Furthermore I am pleading with all litigants to withdraw cases against the Party and put faith in party mechanisms.’’
Buhari also congratulated the new National Chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, and the entire NWC members.
“You came in at a critical time and the entire party has a high expectation from you.
“The critical task ahead of you remains to continue to forge the unity of purpose among party members and to keep securing needful compromises in the interest of our great party,’’ he noted.
The president felicitated with party leaders and members for successfully conducting the Ward, Local Government, State Congresses, and the National Convention, in compliance with the Party Constitution.
“I enjoin you all to recognize the place of due process in all our tasks as managers of the party.
“We must develop party in-built mechanisms against corruption. Our success in 2023 will depend more on our capacity to respect our own extant rules, and regulations.
“Now that NEC has vested its powers in NWC for the time being, as requested, and in compliance with the Party Constitution in the overall interest of the Party, I want to assure Mr. Chairman and the entire NWC members of my full support,’’ he said.
In his remark, the APC Chairman appreciated President Buhari for always working for the unity and survival of the party, assuring that the NWC will further unite the party, and ensure victory at the polls.
“We must succeed, failure is not an option,’’ the APC Chairman said.
The NEC meeting was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, other principal officers of the National Assembly, APC governors and state party chairmen. (NAN) (
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Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned members against divisive tendencies, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Adamu said this on Wednesday at the opening of the 11th APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Transcop Hilton, Abuja.
He reminded the party’s stakeholders of the experience of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 and how it lost the presidential election in 2015 due to disunity.
Adamu said that the APC must be guided against complacency by remaining united if it must continue in its winning ways.
He also cautioned the party’s past governors against undermining serving governors in their states, saying that they remained the party’s leaders in their respective states.
“The APC Constitution states that serving governors are the state leaders, therefore the past governors must act like states men and provide guidance,” Adamu said.
He said that the party constitution only recognised serving governors as their states leaders, adding that there was no need for competition and rivalry between past and serving governors.
He said that the ego causing disunity between past and serving governors and other leaders of the party in some of state could pull the party down if not properly handled.
This, he said, could affect the party’s electoral victory in the 2023 general elections.
Adamu said going forward the party’s slogan would be APC first.
He, however, added that the National Working Committee (NEC) was open to suggestions on how to move the party forward, saying that it doesn’t have monopoly of knowledge.
Some dignitaries at the meeting included President, Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC governors, state chairmen and other members of the National Working Committee (NEC).
APC governors were lead to the meeting by the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC NEC is the second highest decision making organ of the party.(NAN)
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