- Former presidential candidate Olawepo-Hashim has met with the caretaker chairman of the APC, Governor Buni, following his defection to the ruling party
- At the meeting in Abuja, Olawepo-Hashim commended Buni's leadership style and urged Nigerian politicians to avoid using ethnic sentiments to push their agenda
- Governor Buni hailed the new APC chieftain and assured him that he will be accorded the same treatment given to the party's founding members
FCT, Abuja - Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, a former presidential candidate, has officially joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 elections.
Olawepo-Hashim on Thursday, October 7, met with Mai Mala Buni, the APC caretaker committee chairman and governor of Yobe state in his residence in Abuja.
In a statement released on Friday, October 8, by his media office, the APC chieftain urged leaders elected on the party's platforms to desist from using ethnoreligious platforms to ventilate their concerns on policy matters.
He also advised political leaders to utilise the internal machinery of the party to ventilate their opinions and resolve their differences instead of retreating to ethnic and religious conclaves to inflame passion and division.
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Olawepo-Hashim recalled that it has never been the tradition in the politics of the country for leaders to be aggregating as southern leaders or northern leaders.
According to him, the second Republic leaders spoke as UPN or NPN, PRP or NPP, GNPP or NAP, or at best Progressives versus Conservatives.
Olawepo-Hashim also commended Governor Buni for his efforts in expanding the membership base of the party.
In his reaction, Governor Buni thanked Olawepo-Hashim and the delegation saying the party is delighted to attract a great leader like him.
"You are not a new face to us, we respect you greatly. Do not see yourself as a new joiner in APC, you are equal now to everyone that came into APC from day one."
Former presidential candidate defects to APC
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Olawepo-Hashim defected from the Peoples Trust party to the ruling APC.
He was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust in the 2019 presidential election.
The politician in a statement via his official Facebook page on Wednesday, August 4, said he joined the APC because the party has a reasonable pathway for the preservation of the unity and progress of the nation. Olawepo-Hashim also stated that another reason he chose the APC is that the party is populated by leaders with strong principles and character.