The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress said on Saturday there are plans to reconcile aggrieved aspirants after presidential, gubernatorial, senate and House of Representatives tickets were secured in the primaries from May 26 to 30.
It was even while the APC remained optimistic that the respective camp of party aspirants remained calm ahead of the shadow poll.
The list of aspirants who have so far submitted their nomination forms are the party’s national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu; Vice President Yemi Osibanjo; former Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi; the former Niger Delta Development Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio; former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosu.
Others are Pastor Tunde Bakare, Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade; his Ebonyi State counterpart, Governor Dave Umahi; Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; the former President of the Senate, Senator Ken Nnamani; the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Governor of Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar and former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Yerima.
Others on the list are Senator Ajayi Borroffice, the only female aspirant, Ms. Uju Kennedy Ohnenye; Pastor Nicholas Felix Nwagbo, former President of Representative, Dimeji Bankole; Senate Speaker Dr. Ahmed Lawan, former Minister of Information Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu and oil tycoon Mr. Tein Jack Rich.
A confident national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has reassured stakeholders that no aspiring mourners will leave the party after the party’s primaries, which are expected to run from May 26-30.
Adamu, who was represented by his special assistant, Professor Abdullahi Yau, revealed this during a virtual public meeting organized under the auspices of the Ward-to-ward Diaspora Network party in collaboration with APC Ambassadors Ward-to- ward on “Intra-party democracy for the emergence of the best candidates.
He said: “Directly, I want to tell you that after the primaries, none of the candidates of the aspirants will leave the party. You can see unlike other parties that lay weight, in our party all of our aspirants are calm. Everyone is going left and right, trying to win votes for themselves.
According to him, all the aspirants would be heard by a high-level delegation from the committee if there was a tangible reason for them to complain after the party primaries.
“They will listen to you and provide for your needs. That way we can bring everyone to the party,” he said.
“I can assure you that’s the most interesting part; the number of people arguing and they are going to give everyone a playing field where you can exercise your right as a Nigerian to dispute.
“And at the end of the exercise, just like what happened at the national convention, you see everyone will be happy with whoever comes out of the primaries.”
Speaking further, Adamu reassured, “Unless you have a process that is not well coordinated, a process that is marred by irregularities, that is where people will be wronged and want to leave the party. If you are allowed to exercise your right and you think there is fairness in what happens in the party and you lose, I don’t think you would want to leave the party.
“I assure you that even if we are going to have such a scenario, where we are going to have aggrieved members after the primaries, the president and the party stakeholders will make sure to reconcile everyone after the primaries.”
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