By Omeiza Ajayi & Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA — The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council will begin its campaigns on Wednesday in Abuja with a special prayer session and peace walk by the 422 members among other leaders.
The council, which downplayed complaints that it dropped the nominees of some governors and insisted that Senator Chimaroke Nnamani of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is working for the APC hence his inclusion in the council, said all nominees will be issued appointment letters on Wednesday.
Director, Media and Publicity of the council, Mr Bayo Onanuga disclosed this in a statement issued Monday in Abuja.
He said nominated members of the council “are expected to participate in the special prayer sessions marking the commencement of the 2023 presidential election campaigns. There will be a Peace Walk immediately after the prayers. All nominees will be issued their letters of appointment the same day.
“On behalf of the Chairman of the campaign council, President Muhammadu Buhari, our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, we congratulate all members of the campaign council,” he stated.
The council added that appointment into the council is a call to serve the party which will demand total commitment and sacrifice from all.
“It is the council’s strong belief that all members will work hard to deliver a resounding victory for our great party in the 2023 Presidential election.”
PDP’s Chimaroke Nnamani working for us
The Council while reaffirming its inclusion of Senator Chimaroke Nnamani in its 422-member team unveiled, at the weekend, said it was neither a mistake nor an error.
The clarification came as the council also assured APC state governors of its acceptance of the nominees submitted by them, saying they have not been discarded.
Onanuga, in a statement, said Nnamani is on the council in his own right.
“The PCC will also want to clarify that the appearance of the name of HE Chimaroke Nnamani, a distinguished senator from Enugu State, was not a mistake. He is on the list in his own right as a supporter of our Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said
According to him, Nnamani, who is still away in the United States, is a very close friend of Tinubu.
Onanuga continued: “He (Nnamani) may not be on the field with us as a PDP senatorial candidate in Enugu East, but his presence is indicative that he may have chosen to give ‘moral support’ to his old-time friend and brother.
“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate the extent of Senator Nnamani’s support for his friend and brother. That is part of his fundamental human rights which supersedes any provision in a Party Constitution. His position and allegiance to his party is self-defining and does not need any qualification by us.
“Any explanation as to his status should be coming from the other party and not from us who are very proud to be associated with him.”
Efforts to get the senator and his aides to speak on the issue, yesterday, did not bear fruit.
Onanuga also clarified that the list of members of the campaign council released at the weekend, is a partial list.
He said it contains only the directors, deputy directors, secretaries of directorates and key stakeholders.
There had been speculations that Tinubu had discarded the list of nominees forwarded to him by state governors but Onanuga quoted Secretary of the Council, Mr. James Faleke as saying; “no name is left out of the list.”
“The council also assures our esteemed governors that the secretariat of the council has not jettisoned the names submitted by them. Some of the nominees of our governors have emerged as part of the leadership, while others will soon emerge as members of the various directorates,” Onanuga added.