Despite claims to move forward as a united political family, there is evidence that the frosty relationship between the leaders of the All Progressives Congress has not been addressed.
A meeting between the party presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the 22 other presidential candidates scheduled for Wednesday was cut short on Tuesday evening.
A statement issued by one of the aspirants and organizer of the aborted roundtable, Dr. Nicolas Felix, said a new date will be communicated shortly.
The statement read: “Please note that the strategic meeting of 2023 Presidential Aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, has been postponed.
A new date for the meeting will be communicated shortly. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
They are expected to attend the meeting to brainstorm on adopting winning campaign strategies to help the candidate, former and serving governors, former ministers and federal lawmakers who were looking for the ticket Tinubu won last June at the presidential convention on Eagles Square.
The list included former Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; former State Education Minister Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and former Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio.
The serving governors to storm the venue are: Governors Yahaya Bello, Dave Umahi Abubakar Badaru, Ben Ayade and Kayode Fayemi, of Kogi, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Cross Rivers and Ekiti States respectively.
Of the National Assembly are Senate President Ahmad Lawan; former Governor of Ogun State and serving Senator, Ibikunle Amosun; Senator Ajayi Boroffice and Rochas Okorocha.
Others include two-term governor of Zamfara state, Ahmad Sani; a former Speaker of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; Pastor Tunde Bakare; and businessman, Dr. Nicholas Felix.
Former Information Minister Ikeobasi Mokelu will also be honoring the meeting to brainstorm how to win the 2023 elections; Businessman, Tein Jack-Rich and the only female aspirants, Uju Ken-Ohanenye.
While the statement conveying the postponement is silent on the reason for aborting the meeting aimed at “adopting winning campaign strategies that aim to take every Nigerian on board in our bid to go home in the run-up to the 2023 general election.” fly”, research revealed that the indifference of most candidates for the meeting communicated the postponement.
Some of them apologized that the given date was not convenient; some have not even confirmed the invitation.”
The party source revealed that the meeting in the United Kingdom between the APC presidential candidate and certain governors of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, may have worsened the poor relationship between Tinubu and some power blocs in the APC.
According to the party source, former transportation minister Rotimi Amaechi, who came in second in the race for the APC presidential ticket, was particularly surprised that Tinubu had struck a deal with Rivers governor Nyesom Wike to become the final candidate for the election. governor in next year’s general election, while the Rivers governor would promote the APC presidential candidate in the southern state.
Further checks revealed that one of the candidates invited to the strategic meeting, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had traveled out of the country on Wednesday for an official engagement in the United States.
However, in a telephone interview with Nigerian Tribune, Minister of State, Labor and Employment Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said he was not aware of a meeting scheduled for Wednesday between Tinubu and presidential aspirants. .
He said: “I’m not sure if such a meeting was in the offing today (Wednesday). I actually do not know.”
Meanwhile, the weekly meeting of the APC’s National Working Committee was canceled on Wednesday after a commotion caused by a clash between a former candidate for the post of National Youth Leader, Segun Dada, and some security details from the party’s national chairman. , Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
According to the investigation, Kano, who came with some members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to secure the support of the National President of the APC for one of the candidates for NAN’s President, Umar Farouk of Bayero University, was the anointed choice of Tinubu. encountered a rejection from the Chief Security Officer who acted on orders not to allow them access to the APC National President’s waiting room for guests.
Party source confided to Nigerian Tribune that before Tinubu’s emergence as presidential candidate, Usman Baba Kankia, a student of Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria was the anointed choice of certain power brokers in the presidency, who informed Kankia’s cold reception. . The NANS elections are expected to take place on Thursday.
Police officers attached to the National Party Secretariat and State Department officers had to use tear gas canisters to disperse Dada and the students who accompanied him and who insisted on having an audience with the national chairman of the APC.
Senator Adamu had to rush out of the party secretariat. Surrounded by his security credentials, he ignored the NANS presidential aspirant and his entourage who appealed to him and were eager to seek an audience with him.
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