- George Akume has reacted to viral reports that he is eyeing the office of the vice president in the 2023 elections
- The minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs through his media aide on Tuesday, October 26, noted that there is no such thing
- Akume's media aide, Mkor Aondona, said the former Benue governor is only interested in becoming the APC's next national chairman
Senator George Akume has dismissed viral claims that he will contest for the position of vice president in the 2023 presidential election.
The minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs debunked the reports on Tuesday, October 26, through his special adviser on media and public affairs, Mkor Aondona.
Aondona who spoke with Leadership on Tuesday noted that his principal has neither indicated interest to run for the position nor employed the services of anyone to campaign on his behalf for this purpose.
He made it known that the minister is very much aware of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s zoning formula for party officials and public political offices.
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What Akume wants
However, Aondona disclosed that what Akume is interested in at the moment is to emerge as the ruling party's national chairman.
“Senator George Akume who has an overwhelming support base, prayers, and goodwill of well-meaning Nigerians and members of the APC hopes to responsibly serve the party as its next national chairman.
“We wish to advise anyone or group of persons who are involved in the campaigns for Senator Akume for or as Vice President to desist from such political activities, henceforth."
2023: Osinbajo best qualified to consolidate legacies of Buhari
Meanwhile, a group, the Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG), had insisted that Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was the best-qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The group made this known via its convener, Aliyu Kurfi, in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee chairman of the APC and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The PCG is a component member of The Progressive Project 2023 (TPP) with millions of advocates across the country.
The letter dated Friday, October 8, and seen by Legit.ng, was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.