Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), under the umbrella of APC Integrity Group, have warned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, and Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, not to engage in actions that are capable of imploding the party.
The group, made up of members of the legacy parties – Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and All Peoples Grand Alliance (APGA) – accused the minister and the governor of instigating the stories of endorsement of Senator Abdullahi Adamu by the President.
They were reacting to reports suggesting the endorsement of the former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, by President Muhammadu Buhari as consensus candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party ahead of the forthcoming national convention.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Coordinator, Dawu Mohammed and its Secretary, Comrade Chinsom Nwakanma, the issue of endorsement of a candidate by President Muhammadu Buhari is a fluke and should be disregarded.
The Integrity Group posited that President Buhari is close to all the candidates and would not adopt any one of them without consulting others.
According to the group, the aspiration of securing the presidential and vice-presidential tickets of the party through a preferred National Chairman, which the Amaechi and el-Rufa’i are pushing for was capable of destroying the party. They, however, called on the legacy parties to rein in and save the party before it goes into oblivion.
Similarly, they have called on the national chairmanship candidates, North-Central State governors and, possibly, the national leadership of the party, to reach a consensus among candidates; and if this failed, to prepare for election during the convention.
In line with this, Senator Sani Musa Campaign Organisation, on Wednesday, rejected the purported endorsement report of Senator Adamu by the President.