The All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted a 63 Campaign Council made up of 14 governor and 8 Ministers and 41 other members of the National Assembly and seasoned politicians, include former Akwa Ibom state Governor, Godswill Akpabio to spear head the party’s campaign for the governorship election in Osun State.
The governors in the campaign council are Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano) who will serve as the chairman of the campaign council, Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari (Zamfara) who will serve as Deputy Chairman, Akinwunmi Dapo Ambode (Lagos), Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Arakunrin Olwarotimi Akeredolu SAN (Ondo), Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Sen. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla (Adamawa) and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
The campaign council also include eight serving Ministers namely, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau Rtd (Interior), Alh. Manir Dan-Ali (Defence), Alh. Adebayo Shittu (Communications), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (Petroleum) Babatunde Fashola SAN (Power, Works & Housing) Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information) and Prof. Isaac Adewole (Health).
The deputy National Chairman (south) of the party, Otunba Niyi Adebayo leads members of the National Working Committee who are members of the campaign council while former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio leads members of the National Assembly who will join in the campaign to ensure that the APC retain the governorship seat in the state.
Addressing the campaign council, National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the task before the, was to ensure that the APC retain the governorship seat in Osun state by working with party leaders in the state and mobilizing the people to vote massively the APC candidate.
Oshiomhole said “many of you present here have been very much involved in helping to provide leadership in most of the campaigns that we have had in recent times after the last general elections.
“The most recent one is that of Ekiti State where your excellencies did very well and some of the governors who were much involved in that exercise are not here but some of you here were very much involved in it.
“So, we have a body of experience to go about and the whole idea is to sustain the values and the ideals of our Party, which is based on transparent elections on the basis of one man, one vote and joining forces with the party leadership in the state, to work hard, to mobilise people of Osun State to vote wisely for the
APC candidate in the next governorship election that is scheduled to take place by the special of God on 22nd September 2018.
“The importance of any election doesn’t require much elaboration. As a governing party, Nigerians resolve in our favour that the All Progressives Congress should not only preside at the centre. They have expressed so much trust and confidence in our party, that on our party’s platform, 24 governors were elected even though the Supreme Court judgment had said it is parties that win election not an individual.
“However, some governors were happy with their people having voted for us in Sokoto, in Kwara and in Benue. We are happy that more progressives are coming. So, the importance of Osun is readily appreciated by all of us. First, it is a State we had taken over from the PDP, we defeated the sitting governor at that time and happily that sitting governor joined us today.”
Responding on behalf of the members, Chairman of Committee and Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assured that the party will retain the governorship seat in Osun through a free fair and credible election.
He said: “Our chairman on behalf of these powerful council I will like to thank you very much for having confidence in us. There is no doubt that this is a very powerful council looking at the composition of the membership, governors, senators, experience party men. Also the task ahead of us is very important. So I think Mr chairman what you have done is to match the quality of the council with the importance of assignment.
“There is no doubt that winning Osun Sate is very vital to the party and the government because it is a state we shall retain. It has been our state in APC for the last 8 years and by the will of God, we will maintain this state in order to have a 100% states of the south western part of this country in our great party.
“As progressives, Mr chairman we assure you we will ensure clean, free and fair election because that is the motive of the APC. Free of violence.
“What we intend to do is to mobilize our people. We are even very lucky that the primaries conducted succeeded in mobilising the people, in energizing the people, in giving our members hope in Osun state so that we continue with that mobilization until the election day when certainly we will win this election.
“Luckily enough the governor of Osun is a man of the people, he provided the dividend of Democracy. He is the man who relates with all the strata of the society in Osun. So he is a man that is being loved by the people.
“So all that is required now is for us to sit together to ensure there is total reconciliation among those who contested for the primaries. This is very important to give a sense of belonging so everyone will participate in the electioneering and in the election and also mobilize all the stakeholders to ensure we work in unity.
“We assure you, our party will work very hard to win this election following the rules of the INEC in the federal constitution of the country.”