As the country inch towards 2023 general elections, a group under the auspices of Progressives for Umaru Tanko Almakura and APC Youth Alliance
has cautioned the leadership of the All Progressive Congress(APC) that the candidate elected to the position of National Chairman of the Party can make or mar the fortunes of the party.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed on 11th November 2021 by Mallam Yusuf Idris Amoke and Comrade Abdullahi Maikano, Spokesman and Coordinator, Kaduna State Chapter of the group respectively
The statement stated that the 2023 general election would be a watershed in the political history of the nation and must therefore be taken seriously by the leadership of the party and all stakeholders whose decisions during the forthcoming National Convention will decide the fate of the party.
The group, therefore, urged all the
Stakeholders to drum support, mobilize human and material resources to ensure Senator Umaru Tanko Almakura emerges National Chairman of the party, at the National convention.
They asserted that support for him amongst other contenders was based on his loyalty, commitment, faith, and support for the growth and development of APC at the grassroots in his state and the national level.
Almakura, according to them made history in 2011 when he became the only politician in contemporary Nigeria to have won governorship election on the platform of a newly formed party, the Congress For Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy parties that formed APC in the prelude to 2015 general election that brought our party to power at the center.
“Almakura went on to build and strengthen the fortunes of our party in his home state of Nasarawa, clinching all local government elections and a sweeping majority of both state and national assembly seats in the 2015 and 2019 elections.
“This is besides ensuring the APC retained the governorship of the state in the person of His Excellency, Engr Dr. Abdullahi A Sule.
“We must, therefore, for the sake of posterity, reward hard work and commitment by allowing Senator Almakura to use the same method of galvanizing votes from unusual quarters to the advantage of our party as we move closer to 2023.
“Almakura, as Governor of Nasarawa state for eight years, has shown rare and exemplary leadership qualities built over the years on a commitment to welfare, growth, and infrastructural development for the benefit of the masses. This earned him the name, ” *THE ARCHITECT OF MODERN NASARAWA STATE”.
“He has excelled as private and public sector player, with no known scandal or controversy which is a difficult feat to attain in Nigeria’s murky waters of politics.
“It is our conviction that the party would maintain its momentum and even do better with him at the saddle of leadership of our great party as we move towards 2023.”