Tinubu Rejects Buhari’s Nominee, Mrs. Okadigbo As South-East Coordinator

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…Appoints campaign secretary against party’s decision

A major crisis of confidence is brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the rejection of Chief (Mrs) Margaret Okadigbo as the South-east zonal Coordinator by the presidential candidate of the Party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was as it was also gathered that the appointment of a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. James Faleke as the Secretary of the APC’s Presidential Campaign Council was made against the advice of the APC National Executive Committee.

As a result, the Tinubu’s candidacy of the APC is currently receiving the cold shoulder owing to his lack trust for the National Chairman of the Party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

The development, it was further gathered is making it difficult for Tinubu to constitute a presidential campaign committee as a result of the high-level crisis.

Mrs. Okadigbo, the widow of late former President of the Senate and All Nigeria’s People’s Party (ANPP), Vice Presidential candidate in 2003 was the nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

Multiple sources in the presidency said that Buhari asked Tinubu to pick Margaret to lead the ruling APC’s campaign in the region but he refused.

According to the Source; “Tinubu’s South-East penetration is the lowest. He rejected Buhari’s nomination of Okadigbo’s wife to handle his South-East campaign.

A source said; “He felt she’s not capable enough despite being told by the President to pick her”.

Tinubu in August 2022, announced Hon. Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives as the Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima 2023.

“A serious crisis is rocking the party over Tinubu’s refusal to accept those nominated and recommended to him by party leaders to handle his campaign.

“While Tinubu wants to handpick key people to head the campaign council, party leaders especially the chairman and the presidency through the cabal want their loyalists to be in charge.

“I won’t deceive you, Tinubu’s candidacy is currently receiving the cold shoulder. Imagine, he said he doesn’t trust the party chairman. Now he can’t constitute a presidential campaign committee because of such a high-level crisis.

“Major Senators in Katsina, Gombe, and Kebbi are defecting to the PDP. His worsening illness is now of serious concern too as he is planning another medical trip abroad.

“He made Faleke his PCC Secretary against the party’s advice that he should appoint one Tarka from Benue State,” another source said.

Before the June presidential primary election of the APC, the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu favoured the emergence of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the party’s flag bearer.

The APC presidential candidate recently denied nursing grudges against the National chairman, saying, “To the rumour manufacturers, I read in some papers about a disagreement between myself and the chairman and that was a very big lie. They didn’t know that we have come a long way. The big masquerade dance not in the cage but in the market square.

“And that is what Adamu used to be, full of wisdom, we were governors together, before God put us together on this project again. He is going to deliver as the chairman of the party for me to become the president of Nigeria. And I am very confident of that.

“They can say whatever they want to say, throw all the jabs that they want, we are a party strongly determined to fulfil our dreams of turning Nigeria into a very progressive, highly developed, prosperous country,” he said.

Sourced from SaharaReporters

 

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