April 13, 2024

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2023: APC Tickets Mustn’t Go To Highest Bidders, Buhari Warns Adamu

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised the newly elected Senator Adamu Abdullahi-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to prioritise competence and ensure competence individuals emerges the party’s flagbearers for the 2023 elections. The Punch reports that Buhari also enjoined the new NWC members to promote internal democracy and equal opportunities and ensure that party primaries are not influenced by “highest bidders” going into the 2023 elections. While speaking late on Saturday, March 26, at the national convention of the APC, held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the president also called on members of APC to remain united and strong and also support the incoming leadership of the party. Buhari warns Adamu against giving tickets to highest bidders.

He said: “This convention is coming at a crucial time when we prepare for another round of a general election. Therefore, the need to remain strong and united for the Party to exploit the rich and abundant potentials at its disposal cannot be overemphasised. “We appreciate the right to hold different opinions and aspirations, however, such differences must not be to the detriment of the party. l passionately appeal to you all to support the incoming National Working Committee (NWC) to promote unity and avoid sentiments that are capable of causing disaffection and disunity. “For those aspiring for party and public offices, your failure to realize such aspirations for Party offices or to fly the party’s flag, should not be a basis for a campaign of calumny against the party. We should have the spirit of sportsmanship and always support the party to succeed.”

Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the national chairman of the APC about a year and nine months after the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved. It was reported that he was returned unopposed on Saturday at the party’s national convention held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State announced Adamu as the winner of the contest after he was endorsed by party members and leaders at the convention via a voice vote.