How Adamu Emerged As The Consensus Candidate At The APC Convention
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How Adamu Emerged As The Consensus Candidate At The APC Convention
Ahead of the governing All Progressives Congress APC's national convention tomorrow, former Nasarawa State Governor Senator Abdullahi Adamu has emerged as the ruling party's consensus national chairmanship candidate.
However, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, has criticized the consensual agreement. Adamu, who was formerly the Chairman of the APC National Reconciliation Committee, will be the party's third substantive National Chairman, succeeding Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Since Oshiomhole's dismissal in June 2020, the party has been managed by a 12-member caretaker committee chaired by Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni. President Muhammadu Buhari has previously stated his support for a consensual agreement and was said to have favored Senator Adamu. Although Adamu's candidacy was said to have been unanimously agreed to by party governors at a meeting with the president on Wednesday, the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, said he didn't know about the president endorsing any candidate for chairman, but if that was the case, Buhari, he knows, is a democrat, and those who disagree may of course contest.
Dr. Fayemi addressed on Thursday in Abuja at a 'High-Level Policy Dialogue Themed: Whither Democracy in West Africa?' held by the Centre for Democracy and Development CDD West Africa. While urging young people to be the change they want to see, Fayemi stated that challenging the current quo is not impossible.
"We will have to address even our political party institutions that aren't doing enough," he remarked. We are not doing nearly enough. We can do a lot better than what we're doing now. This is not accomplished by reversing the process. It is done by combining the best parts of it and discarding the parts that aren't useful to the people.
"I have no information of whether the president has appointed somebody to be the party's Chairman, but the president is completely within his rights to select a favored candidate." But, in our party, he should come to Eagle Square on Saturday and advocate for that candidate. Fine if his candidate wins. If his candidate fails, he will have to cope with the consequences."
Runners in marathon races
Despite Adamu's previous support causing tremors within the party, the remaining six national chairmanship hopefuls met on Thursday to discuss the consensus arrangement. The aspirants had already met twice throughout the day, but took a break to talk with their supporters before reconvening in the evening for two separate sessions. While one of the candidates was claimed to have counseled his colleagues to grovel to the president, two others were said to have recommended that they combine forces to field one of them to oppose Senator Adamu on Saturday. The news comes as the party claims to have made significant headway in settling all outstanding issues ahead of the election.
We can't afford to put our chances in 2023 in jeopardy — Buhari
Meanwhile, in order to guarantee a successful National Convention tomorrow, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leaders of the APC Caucus in the National Assembly yesterday, warning that the party cannot afford to do anything that would jeopardize its prospects in the 2023 general elections. The conference, held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, was the third in less than 24 hours and was intended to guarantee that the party reached a consensus in all National Executive Committee, NEC posts.
After the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, President Buhari met with the Progressive Governors Forum, and later that evening, he met with the seven chairmanship contenders, telling them to work together to reach a consensus. "During a meeting with federal lawmakers, President Buhari emphasized the importance of the APC getting the national convention properly, saying that the party must follow the zoning framework for the convention."
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President urged APC leaders and members to focus their resources on improving the party's chances in the next elections, rather than squabbles that easily distract and cause division. He reminded members of the impending election dates announced by INEC, urging them to align their stances with the larger goal of winning elections and delivering good administration.
"We have a duty to handle the next convention in a way that not only strengthens our party's unity but also enhances our political chances in the 2023 general elections." You have a critical role in ensuring that this occurs." President Buhari informed legislators that the party developed and accepted a zoning pattern after extensive deliberations to guarantee that the leadership reflected the diversity in unity while reflecting numerous dynamic interests. It is critical that we follow that framework.
"Because we have limited time, I enjoin you to cooperate with the many stakeholders inside and beyond your particular states and zones to agree to work together and harmoniously in electing into the assigned posts accordingly, as indicated in the presented template." This will not only ensure a smooth procedure and reduce friction, but it will also improve the party's image and increase our overall position of control in the political landscape." The Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawal, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, escorted the APC MPs to the meeting.
We'll reach an agreement by Saturday – Lawan
Dr. Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate and head of the APC National Assembly Caucus, told State House media after the meeting with President Buhari that the goal of the engagement was for the party to establish consensus. When asked if the discussion with the President finished on the consensus problem, particularly the chairperson post, and why the party permitted aspirants to buy forms when the party intended to proceed via consensus, Dr. Ahmad stated that the consensus issue was still in the works. He also stated that a Unity List to harmonize viewpoints will be released prior to the Convention.
"The point of these encounters is for the party to reach consensus, and consensus is a process," he says. That does not happen by chance. So, with the grace of God, I believe that before we go into the convention properly on Saturday, you will have a lot of consensus reached and maybe the type of document that we call or refer to as a unity list, bringing all the agreed positions, where consensus has been gained.
Seven potential chairmanship candidates meet.
According to Vanguard, seven APC chairmanship aspirants met in Abuja in accordance with the President's directive. According to the Campaign Director-General of one of the hopefuls, the meeting was still going on in Abuja at the time of reporting this story.
Buhari invites Tinubu, Akande, and other APC founding founders to his home.
Also yesterday evening, President Buhari hosted a dinner for the APC's founding fathers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The President organized the dinner to thank critical stakeholders for their continued support, understanding, and cooperation to his administration, as well as for remaining committed to the APCy's goals and ideals for national salvation. The engagement was also in support of his efforts to ensure a rancor-free and successful national convention. Chief Bisi Akande, the party's First Interim Chairman; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Dr Ogbomnaya Onu, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko were among those present.
Governors Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai of Kaduna and Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina; Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation; Mai Mala Buni, Chairman, Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party and Yobe State governor; and Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation The interactive meal, which took place behind closed doors, was kept under wraps. However, according to White House sources, it was to secure the leaders' support for the President's choice of a consensus national chairmanship candidate.
We will not penalize anyone who violates the consensus agreement —APC
Meanwhile, the APC stated that it has made significant progress in resolving all outstanding issues ahead of the exercise. The party specifically stated that it has reached an agreement on "most of the positions" being contested by aspirants. However, it assured that it would not infringe on the democratic rights of any aspirant who decides to enter the race despite stakeholders reaching an agreement on the office such an aspirant seeks.
Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nasarawa State and Chairman of the Convention Sub-committee on Media, disclosed that stakeholders have reached a consensus on most issues ahead of the convention, but added that aspirants who refuse such an arrangement would be allowed to compete unhindered. "As you can see, a lot of activities have been taking place in the last couple of weeks leading up to the last week of the convention, which we will have on the 26th," he said. We will hold our convention in the next two days.
"You can see that we were able to resolve the majority of the issues that were going to a convention in a consensus arrangement." Just last night, the President met with all of the candidates for chairmanship. "We have been working toward a consensus agreement so that we can have a very calm Convention after which most of the political activity will commence, leading to the party's success in most of the elections that we will have next year by the grace of God."
"On the candidates' request for a return of nomination expenses, Mr President made an appeal in order to demonstrate leadership." He stated that once we reached an agreement, it is only reasonable that what they paid be returned to them. Mr. President had made a request to the party's leadership, and the leadership was present. So, I'll say that the party's leadership agreed as well," he said.
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