Taraba APC Holds Congress Despite Court Restraining Order

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State has held its state congress despite an order from the Federal High Court in the state restraining it from conducting the exercise.

The state congress which took place at Ali Sani Kona event centre Jauro Yinu, Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State saw the emergence of Ibrahim El-Sudi as the chairman of the party after his first tenure.

The emergence of Ibrahim El-Sudi was through a voice vote to affirm and elect those who will occupy various positions in the state.

Speaking during the exercise, Chairman of the APC Congress Committee for Taraba State, Tijani Tumsa said the exercise is to avoid the rigorous procedures of voting, counting and declaration.

“What is happening here is unprecedented in the state. After due consultation with all the critical stakeholders, we have arrived at an arrangement to guarantee the future of our party. I call on all those that indicated interest in running the affairs of our party to throw their weight behind the leadership for the overall good of the party,” he said.

“I appreciate the INEC and security agencies that have been very vigilant to ensure that we have a hitch free exercise.”

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In her remarks, Secretary of the Election Committee, Rachael Akpabio who read out the names of the officials called for the 100% support and was greeted with overwhelming affirmation from the party stakeholders who were present at the Congress.

A stakeholder of the party in Taraba and Senator representing the Central Zone of the state, Senator Yusuf Yusuf insisted that the party’s decision to go with affirmation rather than the tedious election process is with the consent of all critical stakeholders of the party.

“We are doing affirmation and not election because that is our collective decision. I assure you that as the leader of the party in the state, what we are doing here today is the only legitimate Congress of the APC in Taraba state and anything outside here is an illegality that should not be given a second thought,” he said.

The party chairman in the state Ibrahim El-Sudi appreciated stakeholders of the party for the confidence reposed in them, promising not to let any member down.

“My leadership will provide a level playing field for all members to participate actively for the general good of the party.

“Getting  re-elected to serve, entails that We must remain focus and stay united and forget our differences to make sure we deliver in 2023 and beyond ”

At the moment, other stakeholders of the party are awaiting the outcome of the Federal high Court judgment to determine the legality of the congress or otherwise.

APC Inaugurates Appeal Committees For State Congresses

A photo taken on October 21, 2021, shows some APC chieftains during the inauguration ceremony at the party’s national office in Abuja.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated the appeal committees to address the concerns raised by aggrieved members following its recently concluded state congresses.

The committees were inaugurated on Thursday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John Akpanudoedehe, inaugurated the committees on behalf of the party’s leadership.

He explained that this formed part of the internal mechanisms of the party to ensure dissatisfied members could approach the committees to get their grievances resolved.

 

Akpanudoedehe promised that the APC would ensure its channels of communication were kept open as dictated, in line with the constitution of the party.

According to him, it is important for members to stay united in order to win the forthcoming elections in Anambra, Ekiti, and the general elections in 2023.

 

Read his full statement below…

REMARKS BY THE NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE APC CARETAKER/EXTRAORDINARY CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE (CECPC), SEN. JOHN JAMES AKPANUDOEDEHE PH.D DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE PARTYS STATE CONGRESS APPEAL COMMITTEES ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 AT THE APC NATIONAL SECRETARIAT IN ABUJA.

Once again, may I, on behalf of the National Chairman of the CECPC H.E (Hon) Mai Mala Buni, welcome you all to the National Secretariat of our great Party and to this very important event which is the inauguration of the States Congress Appeals Committee.

You all will agree with me that the process of recalibrating our party into a functional winning machine in 2023, is well on course.

With the huge membership strength we have recorded during the last registration and revalidation exercise, there is no doubt that Nigerians still trust us and that we will win all the upcoming elections convincingly, starting from the Governorship elections in Anambra, to Osun, Ekiti and to the 2023 general elections.

Nigerians by now have realized that the APC led-government of President Buhari means well for Nigerians and is doing everything possible to deliver infrastructure to Nigerians amidst difficult economic times, globally. We must stay united so we can defeat the agents of destruction who have vowed to set Nigeria backwards. Just this morning, an Abuja-Kaduna passenger train was attacked by criminals, depriving Nigerians the services it provides. This is so despicable, but together we shall overcome them.

Therefore, there is greater need to sustain the trust of our party men and women and indeed all Nigerians.

In a bid to provide development to our people, this party has afforded many of our party faithfuls, the platform to attain various positions, either elected or appointed, it will still do so for many others going forward. Hence, all true party men and women must see dissensions within the party as family disputes and should not seek to destroy the platform which helped them in times past.

As a party, we shall ensure that channels of communication are kept open, as in the instant case and as dictated by the constitution of our party. This Appeals Committee is part of the internal mechanisms so that those who may feel dissatisfied with the States Congresses can approach the Committee and ventilate their grievances through this avenue.

It is elementary law that he who alleges must prove, so instead of taking issues to the media space, let them put forward their case before this Appeals Committee.

I urge you all to ensure that fair hearing and justice be your guiding principles in the task entrusted to you.

You all were carefully selected based on your proven track record of integrity and capacity to deliver. The party trusts in your ability to bring to bear on this task, your incredible credentials.

APC Registers Over One Million Members In Zamfara As Matawalle Receives Report

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Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has received the report of the committee set up to register members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The team sent to the state from the APC national secretariat in Abuja presented its report to the governor on Tuesday at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

Mr Ibrahim Masari, who is the chairman, commended the large turnout of members of the party for the registration, describing it as ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’.

He informed the governor that the exercise, although challenging, was hitch-free, smooth, and without any security breach.

The committee chairman explained that a total of 1,021,800 members registered in the course of the exercise.

He reaffirmed Governor Matawalle as the party’s recognised leader in the state, as provided in the APC Constitution, and urged members to continue to rally round him for the unity and progress of the party.

According to Masari, only those who are bent on bringing down the party will not recognise the governor as the APC leader in Zamfara.

Receiving the report, Governor Matawalle commended the committee for a job well done. The APC, according to him, is more united and peaceful under his leadership.

He urged members of the party to continue to come together for the growth and development of the party and the state.

The governor also commended the APC national leadership for organising the exercise, especially for uploading the list online to afford members the opportunity to confirm that they were not left out.

He called on other aggrieved members of the party to register, saying the national headquarters of the party would only recognise one registration portal.

Governor Matawalle assured the national leadership of the party that soon, he would receive more members from other political parties into the APC in the state.

Former Secretary To Plateau Govt Becomes State APC Chairman

Plateau is the twelfth-largest state in Nigeria.
A map of Plateau State.

 

The former Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Rufus Bature has emerged as the Chairman of All Progressives Congress in the state in the just concluded congress elections while Fidelis Longban has emerged as the secretary of the party.

Governor Simon Lalong commended party members for what he described as the level of maturity and conduct they demonstrated in the cause of electing the state executive members which came through a consensus arrangement.

The governor also urged the new party executives to work in synergy with other party officials at the local government, ward and unit levels.

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He emphasised the need for them to carry along all members and be fair, honest and transparent in all their dealings.

Responding on behalf of the newly elected state executive, chairman-elect, Rufus Bature who is also a one-time member of the state assembly, said he appreciated the members and leaders of the party for counting them worthy to direct their affairs in the state.

PDP, APC Hold Parallel Congresses In Lagos, Oyo, Niger, Other States

 

Nigeria’s dominant parties – the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) each held their state congresses across the country on Saturday.

The move is part of preparations for the 2023 general election, which is less than two years from now.

Channels Television gathered that while the exercise was successful in some states, some parallel congresses took place in some other states such as Lagos State.

A faction loyal to ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode held a parallel state congress that took place at the Baptist Academy, Obanikoro and produced Beatrice Omotayo Tugbobo as the first female APC chairman in the state.

After emerging as the consensus candidate, the 65-year-old  Beatrice said it was high time for women who are marginalized after elections have been won to take to the front seat.

This is even as former Commissioner for Rural Development in Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi was elected as the new chairman of APC in the state.

He was elected by card-carrying members of the party at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan on Saturday.

The congress was led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission and also the Electoral Committee members appointed by the party’s National Caretaker Committee in Abuja.

Ogun APC Battle

The battle for the soul of the APC took a dimension on Saturday with the conduct of parallel congresses of two factions – one loyal to the incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun and another to the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

In Abeokuta, shooting was recorded at the venue of a parallel APC congress in the Ogun State capital.

The incident occurred on Saturday during the exercise organized by a group led by Senator Amosun, the lawmaker representing Ogun Central district at the palace ground of the Alake of Ake in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Although the cause of the violence has yet to be ascertained, party faithful at the venue is said to have scampered to safety.

On the other hand, Yemi Sanusi, the immediate past caretaker chairman emerged as the substantive chairman of ruling the party at a state congress held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while Tunde Oladunjoye emerged as the publicity secretary, while Aderibigbe Tella was elected secretary.

The candidates emerged through the consensus option with delegates affirmed their election through the voice votes.

In the southeast, it wasn’t as smooth in Abia State as different congresses were held at Umuahia Township Stadium and the other at Ekene Dili Chukwu Motor Park.

The congress at Oguta witnessed a large turnout of APC members and the congress committee led by Rt Hon Babatunde Kolawole from Ondo State while the stadium congress had all the state actors including the Minister of State for Mines and Steels Development, Uche Ogah and the spokesman for the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu.

APC faithful in their hundreds gathered at the Ndubuisi Kanu Square Owerri, the Imo State capital elect new state officials that will steer the affairs of the party through a consensus arrangement, MacDonald Ebere emerged as the state chairman of the party.

While congratulating the new state executives, the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma charged them to ensure that they reconcile all aggrieved members.

“I want to urge you not to betray the confidence reposed on you by our dear people. Go out there, carry out political evangelism, preach the good message, tell the story the way it is and our party will grow from strength to strength,” he said.

The state elections follow the conclusion of the ward and local government congresses, as well as the appeal process.

The exercise led to the emergence and change of guard of state officials that will pilot the affairs of the parties in the states for four years.

But the PDP also conducted the exercise in seven states – Oyo, Kwara, Lagos, Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, and Ebonyi.

Some of the states where Saturday’s congress is taking place have legal issues, where the state structure has been dissolved, where there is an internal crisis among members, or where there are cases of expiration of existing structures.

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were among PDP party leaders who voted in the election at the Ribadu Square in Yola, the state capital.

According to the party’s leadership, the conduct of the elections is necessary to ensure a proper constitution of the party’s structure in the states ahead of the PDP national convention.

The national convention has been scheduled to hold from October 30.

APC Congresses: New Excos Emerge In Lagos, Kaduna, Others As Exercise Fails In Taraba

APC delegates receive ballot papers during the party's state congress in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on October 16, 2021.
APC delegates receive ballot papers during the party’s state congress in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on October 16, 2021.

 

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have elected new executive committee members to pilot the affairs of the party in various states of the federation.

This follows the party’s state congresses conducted on Saturday in various states of the federation.

While the exercise went smoothly in some states, others witnessed the emergence of two sets of officials as a result of the parallel elections held.

Among the states where the exercise went smoothly was the Lagos chapter of the party. There, members adopted the voice vote approach to elect a new set of executive members.

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The election of the candidates for the 36 positions at the congress took place at the Onikan Stadium in the Lagos Island area of the state.

Party leaders at the congress include Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, and some members of the National Assembly.

They are the lawmaker representing Lagos Central district, Oluremi Tinubu, and a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke, among others.

Chairman of the Election Organising Committee, Adebayo Adelabu, explained that 35 out of the 36 positions were returned unopposed.

He added that 37 forms were received for the office of the state chairman, but only two candidates were screened for the position.

Adelabu, said while one was disqualified, the committee was left with the option of one candidate for the position of the chairman.

He stated that the guidelines set by the national leadership of the party for the state congress had been met before going ahead to throw open the voice vote option which was unanimously adopted by the delegates who thundered their approval from the pavilions.

Thereafter, a former member of the House in the 6th Assembly and former Commissioner for Rural Development in Lagos, Cornelius Ojelabi, emerged as the state chairman of the APC.

In his acceptance speech, Ojelabi promised to work assiduously with other executives to return the governor of Lagos state in 2023.

In Yobe, the immediate past Treasurer of the state chapter of the party, Mohammed Gadaka, emerged as the new chairman alongside 35 other executive members.

This followed the announcement by the Election Committee Chairman, Osita Izunaso, that the party had unanimously adopted a consensus for the 36 positions of the party.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, monitored the exercise alongside the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yobe, Ahmed Makama.

The exercise held at the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

Elsewhere, delegates from the 18 local government areas of Ondo voted the acting state party chairman, Ade Adetimehin, to champion the APC in the state.

Alaye Adesina and Agabra Atile also emerged as secretary and deputy chairman at the congress held at the International Culture and Events Centre in Akure.

The Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, monitored the exercise on behalf of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. While the Congress Committee Chairman, Komral Longap, welcomed the delegates, the team’s secretary, Segun Olamibi, announced that voting would be by consensus.

The new executive members were later adopted by an APC chieftain, Jamiu Ekungba, on behalf of the party, an action that was seconded by a member of the House of Representatives from Owo/Ose Constituency, Timehin Adelegbe.

Adetimehin, in his acceptance speech, thanked the leadership and members of the party for their support and promised that the new executive members would serve the APC with total commitment.

 

Setback In Taraba

Just like in other states, APC members in Kaduna adopted the consensus option to elect new state executive committee members.

This led to the emergence of Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada as the state chairman, while some former officials of the party were returned unopposed.

The Congress Committee Chairman, Abubakar Moddibo, explained that the consensus option adopted by the state chapter was in line with the party’s constitution.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai; his deputy, Hadiza Balarabe; Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly,  Yusuf Zailani, and others attended the Congress held at the Murtala Mohammed Square in the Kaduna state capital.

The congress was also monitored by INEC officials led by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kaduna.

As the congress held in Ogun, Niger, and other states, it suffered a setback in Taraba where the exercise was rescheduled indefinitely.

APC spokesman in the state, Bulus Gago, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday. No reason was given for the postponement of the state congress.

On Wednesday, some stakeholders of the party threatened to boycott the congress, as well as file a suit if their grievances were not addressed.

These include the inability of the national headquarters to publish winners of the ward and local government congresses, alleged hijacking of the party structure by some bigwigs, among others.

Shooting Reported At APC Faction Congress In Ogun

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There has been a shooting incident at the venue of a parallel state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.

The incident occurred on Saturday during the exercise organised by a group led by the lawmaker representing Ogun Central district, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the palace ground of the Alake of Ake in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Although the cause of the violence has yet to be ascertained, party faithful at the venue are said to have scampered to safety.

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The situation was later brought under control while the process continued after calm was restored by the security operatives at the venue.

Reports indicate that the APC state congress conducted by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led group has been peaceful.

The exercise is taking place at the MKO Abiola Stadium in the state capital amid tight security, as authorities deploy operatives to strategic locations to maintain law and order.

Delegates from the 20 local government areas of the three senatorial districts of the state are participating in the congress while about 100 aspirants are expected to vie for the 35 contestable positions to fill the offices of the state chairman, secretary, and publicity secretary, among others.

The option of a consensus had been adopted in line with the party guidelines, but an election is inevitable where there is no agreement.

APC, PDP Hold State Congresses

In this screengrab taken on October 16, 2021, PDP supporters storm the Ribadu Square in Yola for the party’s state congress in Adamawa.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday conducted state congresses across the country.

The state elections follow the conclusion of the ward and local government congresses, as well as the appeal process.

The exercise will lead to the emergence and change of guard of state officials that will pilot the affairs of the parties in the states for four years.

But the PDP is conducting the exercise in seven states – Oyo, Kwara, Lagos, Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, and Ebonyi.

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Some of the states where Saturday’s congress is taking place have legal issues, where the state structure has been dissolved, where there is an internal crisis among members, or where there are cases of expiration of existing structures.

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were among PDP party leaders who voted in the election at the Ribadu Square in Yola, the state capital.

According to the party’s leadership, the conduct of the elections is necessary to ensure a proper constitution of the party’s structure in the states ahead of the PDP national convention.

The national convention has been scheduled to hold from October 30.

A screengrab taken on October 16, 2021, shows some policemen at the venue of the APC congress in Edo State.

 

Meanwhile, scores of APC members were already at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin in the Edo State capital at about 9am to participate in the exercise.

In Ogun, the exercise is taking place at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta as authorities deploy security operatives to strategic locations to maintain law and order.

Channels Television crew at the venue reported a calm and peaceful atmosphere, as delegates from the 20 local government areas of the three senatorial districts of the state participate in the congress.

About 100 aspirants are expected to vie for the 35 contestable positions to fill the offices of the state chairman, secretary, and publicity secretary, among others.

While the option of a consensus has been adopted in line with the party guidelines, an election is inevitable where there is no agreement.

On Wednesday, the leadership of the APC inaugurated the party’s State Congress Committee chairmen and secretaries who would conduct the elections.

APC Caretaker Committee Secretary, Senator John Apkanudoedehe, who inaugurated the officials at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, asked them to sustain the gains already made by the party’s leadership.

He also appealed to the officials to work hard and prevent disagreements that could affect the party’s fortunes in 2023.

Defection Rumours: I Won’t Return To Where I Was Pushed Out – Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has again said that he has no intention of returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he was pushed out.

Governor Obaseki gave the reassurance on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor stated that as a politician of repute, his conscience would not allow him betray those who gave him shelter when there was a political storm.

He explained that he did not leave the APC on his own terms, but was forced out, an action which he says will not allow him to leave the People’s Democratic Party where he got support in his time of need.

“I think I’ve shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I have made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own, I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity.

“It will not be the right thing to do to now leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

Reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, Governor Obaseki said he remains a proponent of the course.

According to Obaseki, PDP would not have won the last election in Edo State, but for the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“If not for the technology utilised by INEC, and God, I may not be governor today. So, I am one of those people who believe that we cannot and should not have elections in this country, going into the future, without transmitting results electronically from the polling units, because for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be assured that your vote will count.

“With technology today, it is possible and INEC has shown it from my elections, that as soon as you voted, and the results have been counted in the polling units, then that result should be made available, such that you already know what you expect to be collated at the ward collation points.

“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go and vote, the votes are counted in the polling units, they know, but by the time it gets to the collation point, it changes.

“But this time around, because of the transparency, everybody will see and know what they are expecting to be collated from the polling units. That is what happened in my election.

“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding of how these things should work. So, they should be encouraged. I hope and pray that the President will assent to that bill,” the governor declared

APC Inaugurates National Reconciliation Committee

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a nine-member National Reconciliation Committee.

This, according to the party, is part of efforts to reposition it ahead of its national convention and the 2023 general elections.

Speaking in Abuja shortly before inaugurating the committee, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Mai Mal Buni, stressed the need for the committee to reconcile, harmonise and integrate members of the party in order to cement all cracks and seeming differences.

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“The leadership of the party in the last 16 months constituted various committees.

“Members have served with a high sense of dedication which contributed immensely to the milestone achievements recorded by the party,” Mr Buni said.

“The much-anticipated congresses have commenced and progressed with significant successes. The party ensured that the provisions of the constitution are highly protected and respected. We have also constituted mechanisms such as the appeal committees to address complaints arising.

“The caretaker committee found it expedient to constitute the national reconciliation committee to reconcile imagined misunderstandings and differences which might arise from the outcome of the congresses.”

The committee will be chaired by former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu with Mr Moses Adeyemo as secretary.

Kano APC Congress: All Aspirants Must Take Drug Test, Says Commissioner

Court Nullifies Zamfara APC Governorship Primary
A file photo of APC flags.

 

All members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking election into executive offices in Kano State will be subjected to a mandatory drug test, authorities have said.

The Commissioner for Information in Kano, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday ahead of the party’s state congress scheduled for October 16.

He advised all aspirants to visit the office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kano from Tuesday by 7am.

Garba, who explained that the decision was part of the government’s policy to rid Kano of illicit substances, warned that no contestant would be screened without undergoing the mandatory drug test.

He stated that similar tests were carried out for contestants in local government elections, as well as political appointees, including members of the state executive council before offering them portfolios.

The commissioner revealed that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had already informed the state office of NDLEA for the conduct of the tests.

He warned that the government would not hesitate to issue necessary disciplinary measures against anyone found with a trace of illicit substance, including a compulsory recommendation for rehabilitation.

Garba said during the conduct of similar tests on contestants for the local government election, at least 13 councillorship candidates were disqualified and replaced based on reports by the NDLEA after they tested positive for drugs.

According to him, the present administration has been passionate about fighting illicit drug trafficking and abuse and has instituted programmes aimed at curtailing drug abuse in the state.

The commissioner said the measure included setting up and streamlining activities of the state’s Task Force Committee on Illicit Drugs, which has intercepted and destroyed drugs worth billions of naira.

2023 Presidency: Tinubu, Osinbajo Can Clearly Defeat PDP Candidate – Bwala

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress, Daniel Bwala, has said that if both Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, decide to run for the presidency in 2023, they have all it takes to defeat their counterparts from the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Bwala who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said this while analysing the party’s preparedness alongside that of their opponents ahead of the elections.

“These two candidates you’ve mentioned, each of them can clearly defeat any candidate that comes out of the PDP except if the candidate is Atiku Abubakar,” he said.

While neither of them has clearly come out to state their intentions to run, there are talks that they may emerge as possible candidates.

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Meanwhile, according to Mr Bwala, internal stability is one of the advantages the APC has on its side.

“If you look at the APC in the last one or two years, there is a marked stability and marketability in the party which is the reason you will find a lot of people coming to the party,” he said.