After months of intense politicking and brick-batting, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, at the Eagle Square in Abuja, elected new party officials that would pilot the affairs of the party till 2026, with Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerging as the new National Chairman.
At a boisterous convention held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the National Chairman, while Senator Iyiola Omisore was confirmed as National Secretary.
The selection of executives was mostly done by consensus as many candidates opted to step down after backroom negotiations.
Muhazu Bawa Rijau (Niger) emerged as National Vice-Chairman (North-Central), while Salihu Lukman (Kaduna) was confirmed as National Vice-Chairman (North-West). Emma Eneukwu (Enugu) was confirmed as Deputy National Chairman (South)
Senator Abubakar Kyari was also confirmed as Deputy National Chairman (North), while Zainab Abubakar Ibrahim (Taraba) was confirmed as Deputy National Women Leader.
In his address, President Muhammadu Buhari warned the new leadership of the party to guide against the imposition of candidates ahead of the 2023 polls.
He also frowned at the menace of money politics, stressing the need for the entrenchment of internal democracy in the party.
Buhari tasked the Adamu-led NWC to ensure that popular candidates are given the opportunity to fly the party flag in the polls while expressing optimism that the newly signed Electoral Act would enhance the electioneering process in the country.
The President further charged party leaders not to indulge in backstabbing one another just as he thanked the Governor Abubakar Bagudu-led Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) for heeding his advice in resolving the leadership dispute that engulfed the party recently.
President Buhari expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Governor Buni-led caretaker committee, which has piloted the party for 18 months and for how the party membership has grown from 11 million to its current number of over 41. 5 million. He noted that the progress made so far confirmed that APC is the true Nigerian leading political party.