A group campaigning for a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to become president through the 2023 general elections, Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023, has congratulated members of the newly National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, saying they are the best among equals.
Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that the leadership of the APC should emerge via consensus, the convention had on Saturday affirmed a Unity List of NWC members endorsed by governors and prominent leaders of the party.
Several aspirants for various positions had in the process stepped down for the anointed candidates.
The National Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Adeboye Adebayo, Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023, in a statement issued on Sunday and titled ‘Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023 Congratulates, Abdullahi Adamu, Dayo Israel, Others as They Emerge as National Chairman & Youth Leader of APC,’ described the endorsed party leaders as “round pegs in the round holes of APC.”
Adebayo expressed confidence that the NWC will take the APC to an enviable height.
He said, “We are elated this morning for the seamless way our great party, APC, diplomatically carried out the election part of the national convention, as the best among the equals emerged as the National Working Committee, especially the Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu; Secretary, Iyiola Omisore; Women Leader, Beta Edu; and the Youth Leader, Dayo Israel.
“We are of the opinion that they have all distinguished themselves in their previous endeavours which qualified them to lead the APC to a greater height, hence we congratulate them.
“We believe strongly that with their emergence, our great party, APC, is now on its way to take its rightful position as the largest and the most vibrant political party in Africa, that will contribute immensely to the development of socioeconomic growth of our dear country, Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”
The group thanked leaders of the APC for ensuring “a seamless way of carrying out the consensus, which in no small measure will foster unprecedented unity among the rank and files of the party.”
It especially felicitated Buhari; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; National Leader of the APC, Tinubu; former Governor of Osun State and ex-Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; former Governor of Abia State and Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha and a host of others.
The group hailed the founding fathers of the APC for “the diplomacy they displayed that led to the seamless emergence of the newly elected national Working Committee of the APC against the evil wishes of the pessimists who had predicted doom for the party.”