The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has confirmed that over 6,000 delegates will gather in Abuja next month to elect the party’s new national officers.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, made the announcement yesterday at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
Fintiri, after inaugurating 15 sub-convention committees at a ceremony attended by top party functionaries and Rivers, Bayelsa, and Oyo state Governors Nyesom Wike, Duoye Diri, and Seyi Makinde, respectively.
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He stated, “Our new constitution anticipates over 6,000 delegates, and we are fully prepared for that.” We anticipate that every delegate from every ward will attend the convention.”
According to him, the party’s leadership squabble has been largely resolved, and he adds, “We are moving on.” I am the chairman of the convention committee, and you can see that we are carrying out our responsibilities. Everyone is having a good time and taking part. This party does not appear to be in crisis.”
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Governors Wike, Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) were appointed as chairmen of the special duties, constitutional amendment, and contact and mobilization sub-committees, respectively.
The Queen Amina Support Initiative (QASI) in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has launched a campaign to elect Senator George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, as the party’s national chairman.
This was stated by the Director-General, Segun Nelson, in Jos, Plateau State, yesterday.
The group expressed confidence in Akume’s candidacy, which it described as a “no-brainer” for party members. “He is a man of the people, a politician who understands his worth and is friendly to everyone across the country,” the statement said.
QASI referred to Akume as the best man for the job, with everything it takes to move the party forward.
“Akume, who began his career as a civil servant and went on to become a two-term governor of Benue, a two-term senator, and now a minister, is the right candidate to lead the APC to its desired position of power,” the group stated, describing Akume as a child of destiny.
It urged all APC members across the country to rally behind Akume ahead of the convention, urging him to bring more innovative ideas for the benefit of the party and Nigerians.
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Chris Waya, Chairman of the QASI Board of Trustees (BoT), stated that the support group was willing to travel the length and breadth of the country to ensure that Akume is elected APC national chairman.
Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, has insisted that he recently visited Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in London to express his support for the recovering politician.
This was stated by Fayemi on Arise TV on Sunday.
Tinubu had surgery, he said, and his visit had nothing to do with the 2023 presidential election.
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“He (Akeredolu) and I were in London together to see our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he explained. It had nothing to do with any presidential campaign plans for 2023.
“Asiwaju had surgery; it is simply proper etiquette or behavior, not only in the part of the country from which I come, but also generally, that when a friend and elder is facing health challenges, it would be improper on your part not to show solidarity and support.
“Let me state unequivocally that it has nothing to do with 2023.”