APC Governors Blame Campaign Council For Usurping Duties Of Party Leadership

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have blamed the presidential campaign council (PCC) for the internal wrangling delaying the flag-off of the party’s campaign ahead of the 2023 general election.

It was  gathered that at a meeting with the national leadership of the party and members of the campaign council, the APC governors maintained that the composition of the campaign council and the release of the list of the campaign team is the duty of leadership of the party and not the secretariat of the campaign council.

“The governors agreed with the national working committee (NWC) that the list of members of the campaign council was erroneously prepared because it is the leadership of the party that has the responsibility to do so and not a campaign council that has not been constituted officially.

“Their position is true; a campaign council that has not been inaugurated to kick operations cannot be seen to constitute itself, not to talk of releasing its list. I think that is where we are and I can assure you that everything would be put in place very soon,” a party chieftain at the meeting who did not want his name mentioned. 

The meeting which started at about 12:13pm and ended at exactly 5:11 pm was convened to resolve the disagreement that that trailed the release of the 422-member campaign lists by secretary of the campaign team, Hon James Faleke penultimate Friday.

The list was however rejected by governors under the party’s platform on grounds that the presidential candidate and the party ignored their nominations and replaced them with others from their respective states.

The NWC of the party had rejected the list, saying it was not consulted before constituting the campaign team.

The presidential campaign council issued a statement clarifying that the list released was a partial one, adding that more names would be added on the list of members of the campaign team.

In a swift reaction to the protest that trailed the list, the director, Media and Publicity, of the campaign council, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement on Monday, called for calm, stating that nominees of the aggrieved governors and other party members would be included in the list.

After announcing that it would commence the 2023 campaigns on Wednesday September 28, 2022, with special prayers and a road show, the campaign council later issued another statement saying it had suspended the campaign kick-off indefinitely.

The director general of the campaign council and Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, said the decision to postpone the kick-off of the campaign is aimed at accommodating more members of the party.

Lalong assured that a new date and timetable for the formal take-off of the campaign will be announced soon.

Confirming the position of the governors at the meeting yesterday, chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, told journalists after the meeting at the APC national secretariat described the release of the 422-member campaign list as unfortunate.

Noting that it was not the duty of the campaign council secretariat to release the list of members, the Kebbi governor said discussions are ongoing, adding that the matter would be resolved soon.

He said the governors’ visit to the secretariat was  to strategise and discuss the  campaign.

Asked if the governors were  comfortable with the campaign list, the governor 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 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 were lists that were unfortunate that the campaign (council announced), which the party would have announced…a mistake, but I am happy that the party is solidly behind our candidate and our party and whatever lists that have come out erroneously, we believe it will be sorted out.”

On his part, the APC national chairman, Adamu, said the party leadership has established machinery to resolve whatever issues they had.

He said: “We are very very comfortable, we have established machinery for resolving anything. We are together with the governors’ forum and NWC. 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.”

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