ust as Sen. Abdullahi Adamu emerged as All Progressives Congress, APC, consensus National Chairman on Saturday, the former Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has stepped down from the race of the party’s National Secreatary.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State formally presented Adamu to the convention last night.
Delegates were scheduled to vote for the next national women leader.
FIVE FACTORS ON UNITY LIST:
It was gathered that the governors’ list was a product of intense lobbying, meetings and consultations over three days.
The governors were said to have been guided by the following five factors in compiling the Unity List:
- Protecting the interest of the legacy parties that formed APC.
- The need to respect the desire of members and leaders for unity.
- A sense of belonging and party cohesion.
- To have a solid and vibrant National Working Committee (NWC) which can help Senator Abdullahi Adamu whose age may slow down.
- Building a bridge between current governors/leaders and latter ones at the party level from 2023.
- Winning the 2023 polls begins with getting it right with the right party structure.
On the Unity List are: Senator Abdullahi Adamu, (National Chairman); Senator Abubakar Kyari, (Deputy National Chairman, North); Emma Eneukwu, (Deputy National Chairman, South) ; Senator Iyiola Omisore (National Secretary); Festus Fuanter (Deputy National Secretary); Mustapha Salihu (National Vice Chairman North-East); Muhazu Bawa Rijau (National Vice Chairman North-Central) and Suleiman Mohammed Argungu National Organising Secretary).
It also contains Salihu Lukman (National Vice Chairman, North-West); Dr. Ijeoma Arodiogbu, (National Vice Chairman South-East); Dr. Victor Giadom, National Vice Chairman South-South); Isaac Kekemeke (National Vice Chairman South-West); Barr. Ahmed El-Marzuk (National Legal Adviser); Bashir Usman Gumel (National Financial Secretary) and Uguru Mathew Ofoke (National Treasurer).
Chief Eneukwu was National Vice Chairman (South East) of the party under the Chief John Oyegun and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole leadership.
SIGNATORIES OF UNITY LIST:
The National Unity List was signed by APC governors and leaders including Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State; Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Ben Ayade of Cross River State; Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State; Professor Abubakar Zulum of Borno State; A. A. Abdulrazaq of Kwara State and Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.
Other signatories were Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Hope Uzodinma of Imo State; Nweze David; Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State; M. B. Abubakar; Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State; and Abu Bello of Niger State.
STEP DOWN CANDIDATES:
Some of the candidates had announced that they were stepping down from the race at the convention venue before the arrival of House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Vice President Yemi Oainbajo and President Muhamadu Buhari.
Mr. Adebayo Shittu, Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele and Prof. Abideen Olaiya withdrew from the race for national secretary to pave the way for Senator Iyiola Omisore.