The ruling All progressive congress (APC) has ratified the election of the consensus candidate for the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, among thees following aspirant – Tanko Almakura, Salihu Mustapha, Mohammed Etsu, Abdulaziz Yari, Sani Muhammed and George Akume – these had earlier announced their withdrawal from the race and several others aspirants to make the consensus a positive one’
The Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru, made the announcement around midnight on Saturday, after putting the name of Mr Adamu to a voice vote. adamu, before joining the race for the chairmanship seat, he was appointed in September 2021 as the chairman of a nine-member National Reconciliation Committee of the APC.
Adamu, After serving two terms as governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Adamu was elected senator for Nasarawa West under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011.
He was later appointed a member of the party’s board of trustees. However, he dumped the PDP for the now ruling APC in 2013.
Before joining the race for the chairmanship seat, Mr. Adamu was appointed in September 2021 as the chairman of a nine-member National Reconciliation Committee of the APC.
While much cannot be said to have been achieved by the committee in appeasing aggrieved party members across the country, especially after the state congresses, his role in the ‘reconciliation’ of two of the leading political figures in Gombe State cannot be denied.
However, Mr Adamu carries some baggage. He was charged to court in 2010 by the EFCC alongside 19 other Nasarawa state officials with 149 counts of corruption. The commission accused him of embezzling N15 billion. He was later discharged by the court in 2016.
Mr Badaru also announced that the former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, also stepped down for Emmanuel Joseph for the Deputy National Chairman (South), making the latter the winner of the seat.
The seat of the Deputy National Secretary was unopposed as Festus Fuanter was the only aspirant for the position, and was declared the winner after it was put to a voice vote by Mr Badaru. However, it took some pleading before the aspirants for the Deputy National Chairman (North) agreed to the consensus arrangement.
the former speaker of the house of representatives, yakubu dogara,announced his withdrawal from the race and endorsed Abubakar Kyari. Other candidates like Abubakar Gieri and Sunny Monnidafe withdrew from the race after the appeal by Mr Badaru.
Some aspirants vying for various positions refuses to step down, including those seeking the office of the national chairman at today’s convention have refused to step down. Mary Eta, refused to step down for the party-endorsed aspirant, Betty Edu.
Eta, who was earlier in the audience at Eagles Square, Abuja, stormed the stage just as the party Chairman for Cross River State, Alphonsus Eba, announced her withdrawal from the race in favour of Edu.
She, however, reaffirmed her candidacy, maintaining that no one would concede on her behalf.
This is contrary to the appeal by the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that those who would be voted into offices should emerge by consensus.
It was learnt that as of 9.30pm on Friday several aspirants were still meeting at various locations in Abuja. that national chairmanship aspirants continued to meet for the second day with no agreement.
One of the aspirants, Saliu Mustapha, said he was still in the race, adding that consensus should be all-inclusive.
In a statement on Friday by the Director-General, Saliu Mustapha Campaign Organization, Bala Usman, the aspirant said no consensus had been reached as far as he was concerned.
“Indeed, we recognize consensus as one of APC’s acceptable leadership selection methods, which is completely legal and constitutional. However, we are convinced that for consensus to abide, it must be all-inclusive and devoid of any vestige of imposition.