Attacks on APC-led administration unfair, says Adamu
• Chairman’s position not threatened, Okechukwu insists
• Etta affirms Tinubu’s nomination best for party
National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, has described as unfair the barrage of criticisms by opposition political parties and a section of the populace against the performance of the President Buhari-led administration.
Speaking when members of the APC Professional Forum, led by Isa Yuguda, paid him a courtesy visit at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, he maintained that the administration has performed creditably.
Adamu said the media compounds the situation by hyping negative stories, against positive developments. He said the campaign of calumny is taking its toll at the grassroots level, which has a vast population of vulnerable Nigerians.
Adamu said: “There is still the challenge of appreciating the essence of the APC. There is no sufficient positive publicity on what this government is doing. The opposition is saying so many negative things about the government.
“I am not saying we shouldn’t call a spade a spade. Nobody is quarrelling with that. But all the good things that have happened in this administration have not received the kind of commendation and publicity they deserve.”
Yuguda, who was a two-term governor of Bauchi State, said his group boasts of a million-strong membership, with a wide range of formally and informally trained professionals aimed at ensuring the victory of the APC at the poll.
He added that the group has concluded arrangements to organise a town hall meeting with APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, towards ensuring good governance in the country.
MEANWHILE, against the backdrop of moves in some quarters to remove Adamu, a chieftain of the party, Mr Osita Okechukwu, said the chairman’s position is not under threat.
He said the choice of the former Nasarawa State governor, as APC chairman, was strategic and unique, pointing out that the office is a continuation of reconciliation efforts in the party.
The Guardian gathered that some APC stalwarts have been pushing for the possible replacement of Adamu with a northern Christian to douse concerns over the party’s Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket.
While some argued he ought to resign, following his failed attempt to impose Senate President Ahmad Lawan as a presidential candidate, others maintained he does not enjoy the confidence of Tinubu.
“Even if the removal is not immediate, you can be sure that after the presidential election, a new chairman would be put in place,” a source declared, stressing that Tinubu’s original choice is Senator George Akume.
But in a telephone conversation with The Guardian, Okechukwu, who is a founding member of the party, said those broaching the idea are not serious.
He said: “What I am saying is that nobody is talking about changing the national chairman now. All our preparations are geared towards how to flag off our campaigns in a big way, immediately it’s time, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s guidelines.
“As I speak with you, the Tinubu/Shettima campaign headquarters is agog, waiting for the constitution of the presidential campaign council. That is our preoccupation right now. Nobody is talking about removing or changing the national chairman. Those who are dropping such hints are imaginary forces trying to invent a crisis on their own. You can go to the bank with this position.”
Similarly, former Deputy National Chairman, Chief Hilliard Etta, told The Guardian that Tinubu’s nomination is about the best that has ever happened to the party.
Etta, who was a member of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee dissolved on June 25, 2020, said everything in the country’s democracy is awaiting the Tinubu magic, even as he expressed confidence that APC will win the presidential poll, despite complaints against its same-faith ticket.