The All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth leaders from the North-Central and other stakeholders have expressed support for the candidacy of former Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to emerge as the next National Chairman of the ruling party.
Ganduje’s name has been reportedly favoured by President Bola Tinubu and the governors of the APC following the resignation of the former National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The report has, however, generated reactions with some members of the APC demanding that the North-Central produce Adamu’s replacement.
Addressing a press conference today in Abuja, Convener of the Coalition of North-Central APC Youth Leaders and Support Groups, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, said the stakeholders from the zone have endorsed Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, who he described as “a party man who has distinguished himself as an intellectual of high repute.”
Comrade Ogenyi expressed optimistic that APC under Ganduje shall complement the implementation of President Tinubu’s blueprint for the benefit of Nigerians.
“The North Central States consists of Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. The zone is a political hub owing to its political dominance ranging from the Military government down to the current civilian rule.
“We the people of North Central have occupied National Chairmanship position of all ruling parties in the Country and have done well in terms of party administration. We are proud to say that a Chairman from the zone led the party to victory in the last residential election.
“Today, our father who was the National Chairman of the APC has resigned his position thereby making the post vacant. As you maybe aware, there is no vaccum in governance so a competent hand must be employed in order to over our party forward.
“It is on this note that we wholeheartedly endorse Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the National Chairman of our great Party, APC. Abdullahi Ganduje is a party man who has distinguished himself as an intellectual of high repute.
“As North Central Youths, one maybe tempted to ask why we should not clamour for the position to be retained in the zone. The truth is, we have contributed our quota and wish other zones to be also given the opportunity to participate in the Party’s administration.”
While calling on all stakeholders from North-central and other zones to respect President Bola Tinubu’s choice of Ganduje, the convener said: “We the North Central people are far above trivilism, greed and selfishness when it comes to the National interest. We firmly believe that Dr Ganduje is the best man for the job at this moment. Remember, Ganduje served Kano State for eight years and he performed credibly well. Kano under Ganduje became an example of development not only in Nigeria but Africa at large.
“We are optimistic that APC under Ganduje shall complement the implementation of President Tinubu’s blueprint for the benefit of Nigerians.”