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[ANALYSIS] How Internal rift may thwart Two Ex-Governors’ chances of leading APC

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[ANALYSIS] How Internal rift may thwart Two Ex-Governors’ chances of leading APC - Naija News 247

Senator Umar Tanko Al-makura hopes to dance his way from the red chamber of the National Assembly to the exalted stool of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National chairman but this dream may be shattered by a ‘stumbling block’ in his home-state.

Al-Makura, a former Nasarawa state Governor who is currently serving in the Senate, is among the top contenders jostling for the top seat at the party’s national secretariat.

Meanwhile, on the other side is another former Nasarawa Governor and lawmaker representing Nasarawa West, Senator Abdullahi Adamu. 75-year-old Adamu has indicated interest in the race and has promised to coast to victory even in the face of daring opposition.

For the record, Adamu governed the state between 1999 and 2007 while Al-Makura took over in 2011 and bowed out of the two-term tenure in 2019.

Naija News 247, however, examines the intrigues of the contest and its implications on the political fortunes of both Ex-Governors.

Ex-Governors-turn-chair: An APC culture

In what appears to be a trend, since 2013 when it was formed, the APC has opted for former Governors as its chairman. Over the years, the party has had former Osun Governor, Bisi Akande and former Edo Governors John Oyegun and Adams Oshiomhole as its national chairman.

Political observers believe this is a culture the party is not willing to jeopardise and if there will be any difference at all, they said it would be the geopolitical zone where the preferred former Governor would hail from.

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Naija News 247 recalls that after Tuesday’s meeting that was held between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governors, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state announced the party’s decision to zone offices formerly occupied by Northerners to the South and vice-versa.

He also conveyed Buhari’s stance on having a consensus candidate.

“President Buhari is a believer in consensus as one of the options of producing leaders and he urged us to explore consensus while recognising that many people who have indicated interest are equally competent but only one person will occupy the office at the end of the day.

“Consensus is part of our constitution and he urged us to work towards consensus,” the Kebbi governor said.

“We have produced a number of national chairmen by consensus; Bisi Akande emerged as the pioneer chairman of the APC through consensus, John Oyegun emerged by consensus, Adams Oshiomhole emerged by consensus, so the president reminded us of that.”

Streamlining the array of contestants from North Central, where analysts believe the preferred choice will come from, we have; Senator Mohammed Sani Musa from Niger state, Senator Umar Tanko Al-Makura from Nasarawa, Kwara-born Saliu Mustapha , ex-Governor Benue Governor George Akume, Mohammed Etsu in Niger and Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa.

Of this list, only Al-makura, Akume and Adamu are former Governors.

Adamu versus Al-Makura

Barring any last-minute settlement, the rift between Adamu and Al-Makura may cost both of them their ambition. Although supporters and bigwigs of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) are rooting for Al-Makura, political commentators say an already polarised APC would rather opt for a candidate that has an overwhelming support in his state than one dangling between divided walls.

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While Al-Makura’s alleged closeness to former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, may count, the political might of Adamu poses a game-changer.

Naija News 247 gathered that governors in the APC, who are determined to maintain a grip on the party, have thrown their weight behind Adamu.

Nevertheless, Former Minister of State for Information and Communication, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, has said Adamu owes Al-Makura his support.

“I’m aware that a certain aspirant from the same state with Al-Makura is being prepared to work against the interest of the party by acting as a spoiler to the ambition of Al-Makura by pretending to be interested in the position. The most unfortunate thing is that this is someone whom Al-Makura as governor, helped in the past to win the senatorial elections of his district in 2015 as he was facing imminent defeat from a younger candidate. This person should be grateful to Al-Makura for protecting his interest rather than trying to bite the fingers that fed him.

“What is more, this aspirant, who is a former governor of Nasarawa State, does not even have the endorsement of his state governor yet he goes about telling people that he is being sponsored by governors. He is only being used as a spoiler to deny Al-Makura the chairmanship, but he won’t succeed,” the former minister said.

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But some aggrieved youth APC leaders have mulled support for Adamu and also sent a strong warning to the incumbent Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

Led by Adamu Maraba, the APC youths said Sule should forget his reelection bid if he backs Al-Makura against Adamu’s candidature.

However, speaking to Naija News 247, Mohammed Atose, a senior legislative aide to Al-Makura posited that Adamu’s ambition is not a threat to his principal’s.

“It is not a threat. If you are following the trend of politics in Nigeria and particularly in Nasarawa State, of recent, you know all the stakeholders in Nasarawa state including the Governor and all party stakeholders across the three Senatorial zones, came together and endorsed my principal.
As far as I am concerned, based on permutations on ground and what we have been doing in consultation, there’s no threat from any angle.”

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Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer has warned Nigerian politicians and political parties against disobeying the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 during campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mr Ajulo reminded candidates stated that the Electoral Act placed restrictions  been placed to prevent the usual electoral malpractices that start even from the period of the campaign.

“Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, provides for prohibition of certain conduct at political campaigns,” he noted.

Mr Ajulo explained that a political campaign or slogan should not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

According to him, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or bias language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions should not be used in political campaigns.

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He said places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices should not be used for political campaigns.

“By the above provision prohibiting the use of public offices for election campaigns, it is safe to submit that palaces of our traditional rulers that are maintained with public funds are categorised as public offices,” he stated.

The lawyer said a credible election remained the basis for conferring legitimacy on any government in a democratic dispensation.

Section 92(3) of the act says, “Places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.”

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Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner had earlier warned politicians against campaigning in churches, mosques and other public places.

The campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comprises 325 members with Governor Udom Emmanuel as the director-general, while the campaign team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) consists of 442 members with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman.

Campaigns for the 2023 elections kicked off today, according to the INEC timetable.

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The major focus of the election is the presidential race involving Bola Tinubu (APC), Atiku Abubakar (PDP), Rabiu Kwankwaso (NNPP) and Peter Obi (Labour Party).

(NAN)

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All 18 presidential candidates face litigations

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INEC deleting double registrants from voter register – Mahmood

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that all 18 presidential candidates on the final list released by the electoral body have cases instituted against them in the courts.

The Commission also blamed the political parties for not observing internal democracy in the nomination of their candidates.

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The observations were made by INEC at the close of a two-day capacity-building workshop on its processes, innovation and preparations for the 2023 general elections and critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022 in Lagos.

It said that the development was not good for the electoral process.

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Buhari to honour Akeredolu with CON, Ondo Assembly felicitates governor –

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu

The Ondo House of Assembly has expressed joy over plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to confer a national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Akure by Akogun Omole, chairman of the House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development.

The statement said the speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, described the award as an honour well-deserved.

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Mr Oleyelogun added that the award was a clear testimony of the various laudable contributions of the governor to national development.

The speaker described Mr Akeredolu as a man with passion and love for his people, stating the governor brought smiles to the Ondo people.

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According to him, this is through his landmark achievements in the state, particularly in the area of security.

He appreciated the president for the prestigious award scheduled to hold on October 11 in Abuja.

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