- A former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, is expected to lead APC to victory in the forthcoming Cross River by-election
- Shettima is to lead a seven-member committee of the party to ensure its victory when the election holds on December 5
- The APC names others including Festus Keyamo, a minister, in the committee
To ensure victory in the forthcoming senatorial by-election for the Cross River North district, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed a former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, to lead its campaign.
Shettima is currently a senator at the National Assembly and the by-election is to be held on December 5.
This disclosure was made on Sunday, November 15, by the party's deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabana, and reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the information released in Abuja, the appointment was approved by the party's caretaker and extra-ordinary convention planning committee.
The other APC chieftains appointed for the purpose of victory in the election include Stella Oketete who is to serve as secretary.
The seven-member campaign council also has Festus Keyamo, Goddy Agba, Amb. Anthony Dimo, Alhaji Bala Gwagwarwa and Joshua Akpan, as members.
According to the report, the campaign council is to be inaugurated on Wednesday, November 18, in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the date for the election.
It is also known that by-elections would be conducted in Borno, Cross River, Imo, Lagos, Plateau and Kogi states on the same day.
According to INEC, a total of 15 pending state and National Assembly by-elections in some states of the federation would be held.
Legit.ng had reported that the by-election which was earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 31, in 11 states across the country was postponed by the INEC.
The report quoted the Nigerian Tribune as noting that the postponement was announced by INEC in a statement issued by the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Thursday, November 5.
The statement cited the security situation in the country.
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