Abdullahi Adamu has Emerged New National Chairman
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the former governor of Nasarawa State, has been elected as the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) went against President Muhammadu Buhari’s wishes in selecting people to fill key positions in the ruling party, producing a consensus list that left out four of the five men endorsed by the president.
Despite the governors’ opposition to the majority of the president’s nominees, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa State, emerged as the ruling party’s national chairman after his nomination was ratified at the national convention held at Eagles Square in Abuja.
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The 22 governors of the party named 78 people for national and zonal positions that were up for grabs after initial micro-zoning in a 12-page document circulated at the start of the convention. All of the governors signed the document.
Former Senate President Ken Nnamani, a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Adamu Aliyu, engineer Ife Oyedele, and architect Waziri Bulama were all left out by the governors. The four men were considered for the positions of deputy national chairman (South), deputy national chairman (North), national secretary, and organising secretary.
Chief Emma Enuekwu, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and Suleiman M. Argungu were nominated in their place by the governors.
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The opposition to the four men confirmed the Daily Trust’s exclusive storey on Wednesday about governors and other chieftains plotting to derail the president’s nominees.
Following the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC, the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, which was inaugurated on June 25, 2020, has officially ended its timeline.
Last Wednesday, Buhari called all of the party’s governors to the state house in Abuja, where it was decided that the party’s national working committee would be formed by consensus.
Six of the chairmanship contenders who were in the race with Adamu withdrew on the convention day as a result of President Buhari’s intervention.
Adamu is from the North-Central, which is where the party’s national chairmanship is zoned.
Senator George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Abdullaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara State; Senator Sani Musa (Niger-East); and Senator Abdullahi Adamu, former governor of Nasarawa State, are the six aspirants who stepped down for Senator Adamu.
Saliu Mustapha, a former deputy national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Senator Tanko Al-Makura, a former governor of Nasarawa State, and Saidu Etsu are among the others.
In a letter dated March 25, 2022, obtained by Daily Trust on Sunday, the aspirants announced their decision.
“May I kindly refer to Mr President’s appeal for the chairmanship aspirants of our great party to agree to a consensus arrangement wherein our colleague, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, is made our consensus candidate for the chairmanship position,” reads the letter, which was addressed to the chairman, APC Election Su-Committee and signed by Akume.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule had previously stated that the unity list would serve as a guide for the election of new officers.
The party has adopted a new constitution.
The party’s amended constitution was also ratified and adopted at the convention.
The chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, moved the motion for the ratification and adoption of the parry’s constitution, which was seconded by Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello.
Buni says Umahi, Ayade, and Matawalle will not be fired because they defected.
Governor Buni, speaking at the convention, urged Governors Ben Ayade (Cross River), David Umahi (Ebonyi), and Bello Matawale (Zamfara), as well as many others who defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to not be concerned about being ousted by the courts.
This came after a High Court ruling that ordered Governor Umahi’s removal from office due to his defection to the APC.
“Let me reassure those of you whose defections are being challenged in the courts that you have nothing to worry about because your defections did not violate any law,” Buni said.
“By the grace of God, you will emerge victorious and successful in the superior courts at the conclusion of these litigations.” Your wise decision to join the APC, along with the millions of your supporters, will not go unnoticed.”
Buni urged party members and leaders to put the party’s interests ahead of their own, and to stay united in order to retain power in 2023.
“It is important to note that we are aware of our members’ concerns about the convention’s conduct in electing substantive national leaders. We’re also aware of the growing interest among individuals and groups, particularly those who want to run in the general elections in 2023.
“However, this anxiety has recently manifested itself in some internal wrangling and squabbles within the party.” Internal strife is both normal and common, particularly in a developing democracy like ours. The beauty of such disagreements is the ability to resolve them and emerge stronger as a result of them.
“I’d like to commend Mr. President for his outstanding leadership in resolving the apparent conflict with ease and without causing harm to the party or the convention.”
“As we elect new national officials, I urge every member of the party to support and cooperate with the leaders at all levels of the party, from the wards to the national level.” Please put our differences aside and work together for the good of our party’s interests and success.
“For us to approach the 2023 general elections with a united front, this is critical.” Like the broom, our party symbol, we can only achieve much if we work together.
“With over 41 million registered members and counting, I am now more confident than ever that the APC has the potential and capacity to remain Nigeria’s ruling party, and indeed Africa’s largest political party,” Buni said.
The convention centre is awash in presidential posters.
The Eagle Square, the convention venue, and strategic locations in Abuja were flooded with campaign posters of some APC bigwigs seeking the party’s presidential ticket.
Sunday, the party’s top guns are Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the party’s national leader; Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State and the current Minister of Transportation; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Newly Elected National Executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
1. National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu: (Nassarawa State)
2. Deputy National Chairman (North): Sen. Abubakar Kyari (Boro State)
3. Deputy National Chairman (South): Chief Emma Eneukwu (Enugu State)
4. National Secretary: Otunba lyiola Omisore (Osun State)
5. Deputy National Secretary: Barr. Fetus Fuanter (Plateau State)
6. National Vice Chairman: (North Central): Muhazu Bawa Rijau (Niger State)
7. National Vice Chairman (North East): Mustapha Salihu (Adamawa State)
8. National Vice Chairman (North West): Salihu Lukman (Kaduna State)
9. National Vice Chairman (South East): Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu (Imo State)
10. National Vice Chairman (South South): Chief Hon. Victor Ton Giadom (Rivers State)
11. National Vice Chairman (South West): Dr Isaac Kekemeke (Ondo state)
12. National Legal Adviser: Barr. Ahmed El-Marzuk (Katsina State)
13. National Treasurer: Uguru Mathew Ofoke (Ebonyi State)
14. National Financial Secretary: Bashir Usman Gumel (Jigawa State)
15. National Organizing Secretary: Suleiman M Argungun (Kebbi State)
16. National Youth Leader: Dayo Abdullah Isreal (Lagos State)
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