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APC National Chairman Selection: More Serious Concerns Raised by Top Party Chieftain

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APC National Chairman Selection Concerns Raised by Top Party Chieftain

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Salihu Lukman, the National Vice Chairman for North-West, has expressed his concerns over the potential selection of Dr Abdullahi Ganduje as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter addressed to the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Lukman warns that such an endorsement could be unfavorable to both President Bola Tinubu and Ganduje himself.

“While it is within the right of Progressive Governors being a very critical power bloc within the APC to endorse any candidate for the position of National Chairman, to make such decision public in whatever manner is unfair to both President Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the party who are not members of PGF. It is even unfair to Dr. Ganduje who is being endorsed.

“I have served PGF between August 2013 and February 2022 as Director General. I am fully conversant with the conventional approach toward managing consultations between PGF and the party.

“Whenever PGF is privileged to reach an agreement with the President, being the party leader, on matters affecting the party, PGF takes necessary steps to first meet with the NWC or at the least the National Chairman. Where such decisions require pronouncement by organs of the party, PGF uses its influence within the party to negotiate the buy-in of members of the relevant organs. That has been the tradition.”

Lukman criticizes the move as a disregard for party procedures and underestimation of party organs, similar to previous accusations against Senator Abdullahi Adamu and former National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

He calls upon the party’s governors to uphold their traditional role as the party’s conscience and abide by the party’s zoning arrangement.

Lukman urges the PGF to return to its conventional role of acting as the conscience of the party and ensuring that decisions protect the interests of all members and regions.

He said, “Given the implication of such endorsement in terms of being unjust and unfair to the North Central region and given that the position of the National Chairman is zoned to North Central based on which zoning for leadership of National Assembly was decided, it simply suggests that the PGF has deviated from its traditional role of acting as the conscience of the party.

“If PGF is to act as the conscience of the party, even if assuming as it is being promoted in the public that the endorsement is coming from President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the PGF I know would have taken every step to convince the President otherwise and if the President insisted, they would have shielded the President by owning the decision. But to handle the endorsement in the way it appears in the public is unfair to President Asiwaju Tinubu and unfair to Dr. Ganduje who is being alleged to have put so much pressure on the President, which is not true.

“I want to strongly appeal to Your Excellency, as the PGF Chairman to kindly return PGF to its conventional role of acting as the conscience of the party by ensuring that the party always takes the right decisions, which will protect the interest of every member, every region and all interest. The PGF under Your Excellency’s leadership must not be seen to be promoting or condoning decisions that are liable to acts of injustice and unfairness to any member, section of the country, or interest.”

This article was updated 3 months ago

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