APC floats 61-member strategy 2023 committee
By Olisemeka Obeche
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), will, on Tuesday, inaugurate a 61-member Contact/Strategy Committee as part of its desperate bid to rally its members towards retaining power beyond 2023.
The committee, headed by Jigawa state governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, with Chief Ikechi Emenike as secretary, is expected to be inaugurated by the chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni at the APC national secretariat, Abuja on today.
The members include former Lagos governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, former Ogun governor, Gbenga Daniel and two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara.
Others in the list were deputy senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, Governors Yahaya Bello, Babagana Zulum, Inuwa Yahaya, Abdullahi Sule, Aminu Masari, Simon Lalong, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Hope Uzodinma, David Umahi, Abdullahi Ganduje, Aliyu Wammako, Danjuma Goje, Kashim Shettima, Ibikunle Amosun, Mohammed Jibrilla, Timipre Sylva, Rauf Aregbesola, Chris Ngige, George Akume, Akinwunmi Ambode, Adamu Aliero, Gbenga Daniel, Sullivan Chime, Iyiola Omisore, Mohammed Abubakar, Aliyu Shinkafi, Saidu Dakingari.
Also included are Nuhu Ribadu, Abubakar Malami, Sadiya Farouq, Adamu Adamu, Dimeji Bankole, Yakubu Dogara, Ganiyu Solomon, Julius Ali Ucha, Margaret Okadigbo, Jibrin Wowo, Anthony Oduma Agbo, Ajayi Boroffice, Sani Musa Khairat Gwadabe, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
The rest are Kawu Sumaila, Usman Mohammed, Abubakar Suleja, Makinde Abiola, Blessing Onuoha, Kashim Imam, Drubibi Adzape, Emerhor Ortega, Okon Umana, B. B Apugo, Ugo Okoye, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Hadiza Bala Usman, Miriam Onuoha, Ideato Okoli.
According to Mr John Akpan Udoehede, national secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, the establishment of an enlarged committee of party strategists was geared towards rebuilding and repositioning the APC.
Akpanudoedehe said the committee was expected to establish constructive engagement among critical stakeholders at various levels of the party, with a view to enhancing confidence. He added that the committee, among other things, was also to develop strategies that will place the party in a vantage position in the public domain and develop a timeline and framework for implementation of its recommendations.
Meanwhile, former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has stated he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) because it had “too many options.”
Speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Daniel called on Nigerians to separate party politics for good governance. He said: “Why APC? There are too many options at the party. One thing is sure that we are going through health and economic challenges, we must do less of political contestations and give support.”
Commenting on suggestions that the APC was trying to create a one-party state by fishing for members of other parties, Daniel pointed out the PDP was once in the same shoes, having 24 of the 36 states of the federation. He argued that the country did not become a one-party state then.