Tinubu presents manifesto to APC NWC, governors

• Presidential campaign council members, party EXCO meet

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday laid before the party leadership the draft of his manifesto for next year’s election for review and approval.

Members of the National Working Committee (NWC), the Progressives Governors’ Forum and the Presidential Campaign Council (PPC), which received the draft, resolved to work together for the victory of Tinubu, and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

At yesterday’s tripartite meeting of the party organs in Abuja, the campaign council list was harmonised, the manifesto was approved and the nationwide presidential campaign programme proposed by the PCC was discussed and approved.

For more than three hours, Tinubu, Shetimma and other party leaders, including NWC members, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, 13 governors and a deputy governor, were locked in brainstorming over strategies for the poll.

Also at the meeting were Campaign Director-General and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong; Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar San- Bello (Niger), AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Mai Mala Bun (Yobe) and deputy governor of Zamfara State.

The parley was also witnessed by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Deputy Director-General (Operations); Hadiza Bala Usman Deputy Director-General (Admin); James Faleke (Secretary); Babatunde Ogala (SAN); Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi; Abike Dabiri and for APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

Campaign spokesman, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said Tinubu has demonstrated an uncanny capacity for promoting inclusion and team spirit.

He told reporters that the meeting resolved to work together so that the platform can sustain its winning steak.

Keyamo said: “What you have seen here is the meeting of different layers of the party. It was the meeting of the major stakeholders of the party. The Progressive Governors, the NWC, and the PCC with the presidential candidates. We are a very united party with all the organs of the party working in unison towards one purpose.

“All we did today during the meeting was review the draft of our manifesto. Our candidate is not the type that operates on his own. He carries everybody along. He presented the draft of the manifesto to all the stakeholders that looked at it. And guess what, almost all the stakeholders gave that draft more than 90 per cent pass mark.”

The spokesman said a committee would be set up to consider major highlights for easy communication and digestion by the electorate.






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