- President Muhammadu Buhari did not give a directive for Abdullahi Adamu to be chosen as APC national chairman
- This was the submission of the minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, George Akume
- Akume noted that a democrat, President Buhari made a suggestion on consensus in a closed-door meeting before the convention
Abuja - Senator George Akume, the minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, on Wednesday, April 6, disclosed to journalists the selection process for a national chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
During a solidarity visit with some party chieftains to Abdullahi Adamu, the new chairman, in Abuja, the minister revealed that it was basically through consensus.
He said President Buhari, being a core democrat, did not give a directive, but instead advised principal members to reach an agreement.
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"Those of us who tried to have a shot at the chairmanship slot are still members of this party and nothing has distracted us from joining others in finding solutions to the small problems that we have in the APC.
“The issue of directives did not occur whatsoever in our dinner with Mr president. We ate dinner with him and he appealed to us to build the consensus as much as we could and that was basically what we did. It was not a directive and you know who the president is – a Democrat to the core.”
I've forfeited my N20m nomination fee to APC
On what he did with the N20 million for his nomination form refunded to him, Akume said he has already donated the money to the party and believes other aspirants have done the same.
According to him:
“The issue of money does not arise. I had willingly donated my own to the party and I believe others would do the same thing.
“We have this basic understanding; we have to support the present leadership of the party to succeed. That is what is important so that we will continue with the good work that Mr president is doing."
Senator Abdullahi Adamu finally emerges APC national chairman
The new APC chairman was elected about a year and nine months after the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved.
Legit.ng gathered that Adamu was returned unopposed on Saturday, March 26, at the party’s national convention held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.