2023: We’ll determine when to flag off campaigns – Adamu says as APC governors, others meet over Tinubu’s presidential campaign council list

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu has said that the party will determine when the campaigns will kick off. 

The National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, stated this on Wednesday, after a closed-door meeting with some Governors of the party.

Recall, that the party which is yet to kick off its campaign following the release of a 422-member campaign list has been plunged into crisis. It was said that Adamu claimed the presidential flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not carry the National Working Committee along before releasing the list.

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The claim which was contained in a letter has, however, been debunked by the Tinubu Campaign Council, saying that the NWC was never against the list.

Abdullahi Adamu while responding to a question from newsmen on when the campaigns will start, said that will be determined by the party.

Adamu said: “Don’t be faster than your shadow. The fact of the matter is, we as a party, as APC, will determine when we will do what as long as it is within the framework of INEC’s guidelines.

Speaking further after the meeting, Adamu said the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the APC is comfortable with the current arrangement regarding the PCC and that the party will work in accordance with the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to flag-off its campaigns and other activities.

He said: “We are very comfortable. We have established machinery for resolving anything. We are together with the Governors’ Forum and PCC.”

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“I believe this meeting we had is more than useful to us. For us, nothing short of victory and that is the spirit of this meeting.”

Meanwhile, the governors elected on the platform of the party had passed a vote of confidence on the PCC and the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee, NWC.

Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State declared this shortly after a tripartite meeting with the NWC and PCC at the Buhari House national secretariat of the party.

Apart from Bagudu, other governors at the meeting were Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Abubakar Badaru Mohammed (Jigawa); Simon Lalong (Plateau and Director-General of the PCC); Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger); and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa).

Equally at the meeting were former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and directors at the PCC.

“What I will say is Governors of the APC, and members of the presidential campaign council visited the chairman and the NWC members to strategise and discuss on the campaign.

“The chairman briefed us about the party, and we appreciate how well our party has been doing in the polity,” he said.

Asked if the APC governors were pleased with the composition of PCC, Bagudu said: “Governors are very proud of our party. We are very proud of our party leader, President Muhamadu Buhari.

“We are very proud of the conventions that produced both our national chairman and our presidential candidate in the person of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the vice presidential candidate in the person of Kashim Shettima.

“We are very proud of the actions of the national chairman and the NWC. We are very proud of the actions of the Presidential Campaign Council.

“We are happy that we are discussing even though there was a list, and that was unfortunate, that is the campaign (council list) which the party would have announced.

“It was a mistake but I am happy that the party is solidly behind our candidate and whatever lists that have come out erroneously, we believe it will be sorted out.”

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