The battle for the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress is getting fiercer by the day, pitting former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, against erstwhile Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Supporters of both Atiku and Tinubu have begun massive and comprehensive mobilization for their candidates.
Some leaders of the APC, it was gathered at the weekend, believe that the position of BoT chairman should be used to placate Senator Tinubu having lost out in his bid to produce the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Tinubu’s anointed candidate for the Senate Presidency, Dr. Ahmed Lawan lost out to Dr. Bukola Saraki, while his preferred candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was defeated by Hon Yakubu Dogara (APC, Bauchi).
However, some other persons within the party leadership argue that the position should be thrown open for a transparent contest.
It was further learnt that supporters of both Atiku and Tinubu are not taking the issue lightly as they have begun massive campaign, lobbying stakeholders intensely.
Those who are sympathetic to Atiku for the position are quick to point to the fact that Tinubu produced the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, single handed. They argue that a neutral person should be allowed to emerge as the BoT Chairman so as to have an alternative voice.
But the pro-Tinubu argument is that he has made a lot of sacrifices for the APC and therefore deserves to be honoured with the position.
A top member of the Party, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Daily Times in Abuja that the lobby for the position has indeed begun.
The source added: “Any of the two personalities could efficiently man the position. They are both widely connected and have made sacrifices for the party. Any of them who emerges will be an asset to the party”.
The BoT is an advisory organ of the party.
One of its duties is to be offering necessary guide and advice to the party when the need arises.
Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.
The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions. He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.
“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.
“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.
“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!” Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.
2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.
The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.
MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.
The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.
“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.
“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.
“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.
On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.
On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.
2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.
The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.
He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.
“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”
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