- Ahead of the All Progressives Congress’ Feb. 26 national convention, many aspirants continued to share their vision to challenge the party’s national presidential position.
- Stakeholders in the central-north zone of the ruling party have chosen their preferred candidate, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, to contest the party’s top spot
- Meanwhile, leaders revealed that Mustapha had the requisite experience in party administration and a clean slate to challenge other bigwigs from other regions.
Kwara, Ilorine– On Sunday, January 23, All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in the north-central zone endorsed the candidacy of Mallam Saliu Mustapha, as the next national president ahead of the party convention in February.
Mustapha is a former National Vice President of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
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Vanguard reports that 49-year-old Mustapha would be the youngest of the contenders vying for the position of national president of APC.
North-Central party stakeholders gathered in Ilorin on Sunday under the auspices of the North-Central APC Central Advisory Council and adopted Mustapha to run for the party headquarters.
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They assumed their decision was the result of a careful search for a unifying figure without any political and corruption baggage that could affect the Zone’s chances in its race for the APC’s post.
Led by Ambassador Christopher Ameh, a former diplomat from Benue State, the group said that of all the candidates vying for the position of APC National President, only Mustapha has the requisite experience in the administration of the party and a clean slate to challenge other bigwigs from other regions.
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Position of stakeholders
Also speaking, a former Kwara State Assembly Speaker, Rev. Benjamin Yisa, the organizer of the meeting, said Mustapha is a unifying figure in the party given his advantageous age and geopolitical demographics. .
Yisa also urged President Muhammad Buhari to ensure that only a candidate with no political background leads the party in the next round of elections.
For his part, Malam Ahmed Goringo, a former gubernatorial candidate under the former CCP in Nasarawa State, highlighted Mustapha’s loyalty and his ability to rally the support of all party members.
Stakeholders are convinced that the geopolitical zone deserved to produce the next national president, even though the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has not taken a final position on the zoning of party posts.
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During this time, Legit.ng previously reported that presidential candidates have been urged to ensure they serve as constraining factors rather than brewers of hatred and violence ahead of the election.
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The call was made by a former Nigerian head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, during a dialogue organized by Daily Trust Media.
According to the former head of state, those who declare themselves for an elective position or the other must watch their actions.
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In other news, Former Acting APC President Chief Bisi Akande on Thursday, December 9, 2021 recounted how President Muhammadu Buhari promised but did not choose Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as his running mate in the elections of 2015.
Akande, who is also a former governor of Osun State, made the revelation in his autobiography, ‘My Holdings’, which was launched in Lagos on Thursday.
He said Tinubu was instrumental in Osinbajo’s emergence as Buhari’s running mate after he was officially sacked and asked to submit three names from the South West from which Buhari would choose one.