Forward of the February 25 presidential election, the All Progressives Congress Presidential Marketing campaign Council is planning an alliance with smaller events in a bid to spice up the possibilities of its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The PUNCH gathered that the PCC and the social gathering had been making overtures to the events to undertake Tinubu as their customary bearer.
Findings indicated the APC governors and Tinubu met on Monday night time following fears expressed by some members on the necessity to deal with inadequacies within the social gathering’s presidential marketing campaign.
It was realized that APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council, comprising governors and the candidate, was of the view that the alliance with different events would help the social gathering in acquiring the very best variety of votes and the required nationwide unfold within the presidential ballot.
A member of the APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Senator Adesoji Akanbi confirmed to The PUNCH on Tuesday that the APC was wanting past the Peoples Democratic Get together, New Nigeria Peoples Get together and the Labor Get together, noting that offers could possibly be reached with the smaller events to undertake Tinubu.
Recall that Tinubu had been wooing the Peoples Democratic Get together G-5 governors comprising Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Samuel Orthom (Benue); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).
However regardless of holding a number of conferences with them, the PDP governors have didn’t endorse the ex-Lagos State governor amid the specter of sanctions by their social gathering.
Additionally, the apathy exhibited by many APC chieftains, former presidential aspirants and ministers to Tinubu’s ambition which was mirrored of their refusal to take part in his campaigns, can be reportedly inflicting apprehension within the ruling social gathering.
However in a transfer to rejig his campaigns and bolster his prospect, the presidential candidate held a gathering with some APC governors in Abuja on Tuesday.
Talking about their plan to prevail on a number of events to undertake the APC customary bearer, Akanbi, a member of the Election Planning and Monitoring Committee of the APC-PPC and its coordinator within the South-West, mentioned the negotiations have been already ongoing in Oyo State , urging APC leaders in different states to undertake the technique.
The previous lawyer, who can be the Chairman, Technique and Coverage, Tinubu-Shettima Unbiased Marketing campaign Council mentioned, “We’re reaching out to Accord (Get together) members, Social Democratic Get together and different political events to vote for Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the presidential election.”
“Searching for defectors (to the APC) is simply too late now; that won’t work, that’s like time-wasting. That may occur voluntarily. What we’re promoting to them is the product – Bola Ahmed Tinubu – for president.
“They need to come out and assist him because of this and that purpose in order that they will have a president that may ship.”
‘States adopting strategy’
“We’re encouraging all our members and stakeholders in different states to take that strategy and I’m certain they’re doing it. It was my private concept from Day One, instantly after the primaries and I’ve bought the thought to the social gathering typically and most states are adopting it. Politics is native,” he concluded.
A spokesman for the PCC and Minister of Labor and Employment, Fetus Keyamo when contacted mentioned, “it is a welcome growth. In politics, you want as many individuals as you will get. As many political events and candidates which have seen the sunshine and are able to staff up with Asiwaju, we welcome them on board. It’s an especially welcome growth.”
The factional Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Alpha Mohammed, disclosed that the social gathering would welcome an alliance with the APC.
Mohammed mentioned the SDP had accomplished an evaluation and found that the presidential candidate of the APC is the most effective.
He mentioned, “Quickly, our social gathering is contemplating an alliance with Tinubu as a result of we’ve got discovered him to be probably the most profitable candidate. Take a look at all of the revelations he did within the Chatham Home assembly; he constructed a contemporary state that’s able to standing as a rustic of its personal. No person has contradicted that. Everyone knows what he had accomplished in Lagos.
“We’d like a person with an concept that may rework a nation, utilizing financial assets – producing assets. Income producing technique, no one is healthier when it comes to producing assets than Tinubu. We’ve got made an evaluation and we discovered that the most effective is him.”
Explaining why his faction could not assist the SDP presidential candidate, Mohammed added, “The place we discover an SDP candidate who’s promising, we’ll assist him. However once we see that the candidate is simply there for election functions, please do not waste your political capital on such an individual.
“In fact, we’re selling Tinubu. SDP is factionalised. I instructed you, as a faction, it’s incumbent on us to go searching and see which of the candidates will transfer Nigeria additional than the opposite.
“If the SDP presidential candidate from the opposite facet is the most effective, in fact, we’ll assist him. In some states, we’ve got supported different people who find themselves SDP and so they have received. For example in Niger State, we received an area authorities and the particular person didn’t contest beneath my very own social gathering.”
Nonetheless, the SDP Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Rufus Aiyenigba, denied any cope with the APC or some other political social gathering.
Aiyenigba, who famous that the social gathering’s presidential candidate, Adewole Adebayo, had gone too far to ponder treading such a path, mentioned the SDP remained the one social gathering with a real plan to reposition the nation.
“No, it isn’t true. I’m not saying that different events can not do it however not the SDP. As we communicate, our candidate goes for the election and we’re mobilizing throughout the nation. As we communicate, he’s in Kano. Tomorrow (at the moment), our staff will probably be in Bayelsa and we flag off in Ogun State on Saturday. We aren’t having any alliance with any social gathering, particular person or group.
“No social gathering within the nation is captivated with the necessity to start a brand new Nigeria just like the SDP. How can a celebration with probably the most sturdy blueprint consider an alliance wherein it isn’t the principal associate? No deal, I repeat,” he mentioned.
Events, candidates kick
The presidential candidate of the African Motion Alliance, Omoyele Sowore and Nationwide Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye additionally dominated out any risk of working with the APC candidate.
Sowore acknowledged, “No, and I believe we have made it clear we had the primary political alliance on this election cycle with the PRP-Vanguard. We’ve got no ideological similarities with the rogue social gathering you talked about.”
Additionally talking, the Nationwide Chairman of the Accord Get together, Muhammad Nalado, mentioned there was no negotiation with the APC or any political social gathering in the intervening time.
He acknowledged, “We can not doubt them as a result of we’re not in APC. However in the intervening time, we’ve got not mentioned or sat with any political social gathering to speak about mergers or alliances or no matter.
”Up until now, our presidential candidate is within the pursuit of his aim to be the president of Nigeria and we’ve got already shaped our marketing campaign council, and we’re happening with our marketing campaign. So, there isn’t any negotiation but.
”I can not rule out negotiation however in the intervening time, as I’m speaking to you, we’ve got by no means mentioned it, in our sitting or with some other political social gathering.”
In the meantime, the APC customary bearer has met with governors elected on the platform of the social gathering in Abuja.
Our correspondent gathered that the assembly, which started on Monday night time and ended within the early hours of Tuesday, was held on the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Lodge.
The assembly had in attendance the Director-Common of the APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; Governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa states .
Others have been the Deputy DG (Operations) of the marketing campaign council, Adams Oshiomhole, Deputy DG (Administration), Hadiza Bala-Usman and the PCC Secretary, James Faleke, amongst others.
The PUNCH gathered that the assembly which was known as to overview the actions of the presidential marketing campaign council recognized satisfactory funding as an necessary issue that ought to be addressed within the few weeks resulting in the election.
A reputable social gathering supply instructed one in every of our correspondents in confidence that adjustments within the funding sample of the campaigns have been mentioned.
In line with him, “We’re coming into the ultimate stage of the marketing campaign which requires extra sturdy funding. That is the time for mobilization of all registered and real assist teams going around the nation to mobilize Nigerians for our candidate and his working mate from him.
”They should journey greater than earlier than as a result of the candidate intends to cowl all states of the federation and he’s to be joined by the social gathering devoted together with a few of these assist teams.
“Extra supporters are becoming a member of the Tinubu/Shettima marketing campaign practice each day. The monetary implication of all that is left to the creativeness,” he mentioned.
The PUNCH additionally gathered that the absence of some key chieftains from the marketing campaign rallies was additionally a priority throughout the assembly.
Notable amongst those that have refused to marketing campaign for Tinubu is the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who lately precipitated a stir within the social gathering.
Talking on January 3 in his hometown Alor, in Idemili South Native Authorities Space of Anambra State, the minister mentioned, “I do not assume I’ll go round campaigning for candidate A or B or C. I will not try this. It’s not my inventory in commerce. I do not soar from social gathering to social gathering. However apart from, I’ve some conscience and I’m going to guard my conscience and ensure that I do not harm it.”
Aside from Ngige, The PUNCH’s investigation revealed that the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, former Minister of State (Schooling), Emeka Nwajiuba, ex-Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and different chieftains have been staying away from the marketing campaign actions of the social gathering.
A supply mentioned, “This isn’t actually an issue, however it was agreed that as social gathering leaders, it sends the fitting message if we’re all current to at all times lend assist to the social gathering.
”Sure, this will not be doable on a regular basis attributable to unexpected circumstances. Usually, all social gathering leaders and stakeholders have been enjoined to face by the social gathering and establish with its programmes.”
Requested whether or not the social gathering would undertake contemporary methods within the final levels of the campaigns, the senior social gathering official mentioned, “The APC runs the most effective marketing campaign. Wherever we go, the reception is at all times out of this world. However we agree with ourselves that it might at all times get higher.
”What’s necessary is the dedication of the candidate to ship on his guarantees. In contrast to different candidates who don’t have anything to supply, Nigerians know the Jagaban. His historical past of success as a twice-elected governor of Lagos state isn’t debatable. His dedication to the well-being of Nigerians is clear in what God has used him to do for a few years now. So, we will go to the remaining states with renewed vitality as we’ve got at all times accomplished.”
When contacted for particulars of Tinubu’s assembly with the governors, the Director of Media of the APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga mentioned it was not for public consumption.
“Sure, our candidate met with the APC governors. It was a gathering to overview marketing campaign actions however that’s all. I can not say greater than that as a result of it isn’t for public consumption,” he mentioned.
In a associated growth, the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday in Yobe state canvassed for votes for the APC candidate in order that he (Tinubu) can proceed his legacy.
Buhari spoke on the Damaturu Township stadium throughout the APC marketing campaign rally the place he instructed the individuals of Yobe to vote for the previous Governor of Lagos State to proceed the work of rebuilding Nigeria he began over seven years in the past.
In an announcement signed by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, Buhari was quoted to have mentioned, “I accompany Asiwaju right here to let you know to vote for him in order that he can proceed with my legacy of rebuilding Nigeria.”