2023: Crisis rocks APC over composition of Presidential Campaign Council list

The composition of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Presidential National Campaign Council list has led to a crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

It was learnt that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party is not pleased with the role allotted to them in the council.

According to a source who spoke to newsmen, major directorate positions in the council are led by loyalists of the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This is coming after Tinubu submitted the presidential campaign council list to the leadership of the party this week.

The source further disclosed that the meeting of the three-man committee of the party with the DG of the council, comprising the National Legal Adviser, the National Organising Secretary and Deputy Women Leader, ended in deadlock after realising that the council was populated by Tinubu’s camp.

According to him, the names of the proposed national officers were given “just inconsequential membership positions” in the council, adding that the NWC of the party had requested the specific directorate.

He disclosed that the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu had requested the inclusion of certain persons into the council, saying, “They are the two Deputy National Chairmen (North and South), National Secretary, National Organizing Secretary, Deputy National Organising Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, National Woman Leader, National Youth Leader, and the National Leader on People with Disabilities”.

The source further stated that the camp of the presidential candidate, despite the request, insisted on taking charge of the directorate and presenting ‘mere’ positions to the party’s leadership.

Meanwhile, the three-man harmonisation committee of the party is expected to meet the DG of the council again on Monday.

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