‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has continued its sealed lip posture on the commencement date of its presidential campaign despite INEC’s nod.
Rising from a tripitite marathon meeting that lasted more than five hours involving the Progressives Governors, National Working Committee and Presidential Campaign Council management the party emerged wearing a united front.
The chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu who was unfazed by the enquires by Nigerians on the campaign timetable of the party said: “We will let you know when we want to commence. Whatever we chose to do and when , we as a party will determine when as long as it is within the timeline of INEC.”
Reacting to the purported fallout between the national working committee of the party and the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the presidential campaign council list, Adamu hinted that the situation has been deescalated by the meeting.
“We are very comfortable with all the machineries in place and we are together . I believe this meeting is more than useful for all of us. For us, in the spirit of this meeting we will work together as one” he said.
Also speaking to journalists, the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi state governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu giving the outcome of the meeting said:
“We strategized and discussed about the campaigns and the chairman intimated us with the development in the party and we appreciate how well our party is doing within the polity.”
On the purported reservation of some governors with the campaign list, Bagudu while admitting that some names were erroneously omitted maintained that the party has agreed with the Campaign Council on harmonizing the list.
“We are very proud of our party and we are proud of our party leader, Mr President Muhammadu Buhari and the convention we had that gave us our presidential candidate in person of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and our vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima and we are very proud of the actions of our national chairman and members of the NWC. We are very proud of the actions of the presidential campaign council.
“Though there were lists that were unfortunate not to make the list and the campaign council with the party have anounced that would be harmonized but we are happy to say that the party is solidly behind the candidate and I believe whatsoever list has come out erroneously are mistakes and were not authorized.”
Present at the marathon meeting at the national secretariat of the party include governors of: Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru; Niger, Bello Sani; Zamfara, Bello Matawalle; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu; Plateau, Simeon Lalong and Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule.
Others include former party chairman, Adams Oshiomole, Hadiza Bala Usman and NWC members.