As part of efforts to rally support for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, all the presidential aspirants of the ruling party are slated to meet in Abuja, next week.
The meeting is coming barely three months after some of them went head-to-head at the primary for the presidential ticket of APC that eventually produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the party’s flagbearer. This development is coming ahead of next month’s commencement of campaigns for the next general elections and less than six months to the Presidential election slated for February 28.
Expected at the meeting are former and serving governors, former Ministers and federal lawmakers who sought the ticket won by Tinubu last June at the Presidential Convention held at Eagles Square. The list included former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio. There would also be five serving governors, namely Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).
An issued statement in Abuja yesterday, signed by the media office of the APC also listed Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; former Ogun State governor and serving senator, Ibikunle Amosun; a serving senator, Ajayi Boroffice; former Zamfara State governor, Ahmad Sani Yerima; former Imo State governor and serving senator, Rochas Okorocha; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; renowned cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare; Pastor and Businessman, Dr. Nicolas Felix; former Information Minister, Ikeobasi Mokelu; Businessman, Tein Jack-Rich, and the only female among them, Uju Ken-Ohanenye.
The statement partly read: “The special invitation to the strategic meeting of all 2023 APC Presidential Aspirants, which will be held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, by 2 pm, is to brainstorm on adopting winning campaign strategies that will carry every Nigerian along and address the challenges bedevilling our country”.
The aspirants’ last outing together was the APC presidential primary which was held at Eagle Square from June 7 to 10.