APC Presidential Ticket: Nabena Urges Party Supporters to Shun Campaign of Calumny

APC Presidential Ticket: Nabena Urges Party Supporters to Shun Campaign of Calumny

  • An APC chieftain has warned the party's members supporting different presidential aspirants to stop attacking themselves or their principals
  • Yekini Nabena, the deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling party, advised the APC members to cool their tempers and embrace civility
  • Nabena advised the party members not to deny Nigerians dividends of democracy by heating up the polity

FCT, Abuja - Deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Yekini Nabena has warned supporters of different presidential aspirants of the party to desist from campaign calumny capable of demarketing whoever emerges as the candidate of the APC.

Nabena urged the party members to avoid hate speeches and embrace issue-based campaigns rather than attacking themselves.

Nabena warned that negative comments by party members could be used by opposition elements later. Photo credit: Yekini Nabena
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While two APC presidential aspirants have made their aspirations known to the public, others are yet to declare publicly.

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The APC chieftain warned in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, January 17 that whatever negative comments made against any of those seeking the ticket of the party now will later be used as a demonization weapon by the opposition parties.

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Nabena said since all those aspiring to fly the ticket of APC are all from the same political party, party supporters should see themselves as one and play up their advantages.

According to him, whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate during the primary will need to extend the olive branch to others because the party does not need a divided house if it must win an election.

He expressed the belief that the party would give a level playground to all aspirants during the primary and support whoever emerges as the candidate of the party.

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Part of the statement read:

“My appeal is for all our members to embrace issues-based campaigns strategies in selling whoever they feel should succeed our dear President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. There is no need to be unnecessarily emotive about it.
“I believe that all our presidential aspirants are well qualified to pick the ticket. It is a fact that participatory democracy gives room for choices even within the same political party as it is a practice in the APC.
“We should therefore engage constructively without demonizing ourselves bearing in mind that whatever we say against each other now will later be capitalized on by other political parties during the general elections.”

2023: No aspirants’ declaration will bother us, says Osinbajo supporters

In a related development, the Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG) has stated that no declaration by any number of aspirants can douse the patriotic passion associated with those championing the cause of an Osinbajo presidency in 2023.

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According to the chairman of PCG, Dr. Aliyu Kurfi, the plurality of candidates and political parties are necessary for a robust democracy and a rich array of strong contenders will only deepen the legitimacy of Osinbajo’s eventual victory.

The pro-Osinbajo group also stated that the declarations are healthy for democracy and more aspirants are welcome into the race.

2023: Save Nigeria Movement faults presidential ambition of Anyim, Wike

Meanwhile, a rights group, Save Nigeria Movement has kicked against the presidential ambition of the former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim.

Convener of the group, Rev Solomon Semaka who addressed a press briefing on Monday, January 10, also frowned at the role being played by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike ahead of 2023, alleging that Wike is working towards imposing a president of Igbo or northern origin.

The group warned Nigerians to be wary of Wike and Anyim, accusing the duo of working solely for their selfish reasons ahead of the polls.

Source: Legit.ng

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