We Fought To Get Adamu, Omisore Out

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Former Director General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Salihu Lukman, has urged President Bola Tinubu to make the organs and structures of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) functional.

Lukman, an immediate Vice Chairman of the APC made this known on Inside Sources with Laolu Akande which was aired on Channels Television on Friday.

He said the APC should be made to work after the exit of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore as the party’s national chairman and secretary, respectively, last July.

He said, “The fundamental issue which is what I expect from President Asiwaju is to ensure that the structures of our party are functional.

“My frustration after we fought to get Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore out of the leadership of the party, it’s not about getting them out; it’s taking the right steps to ensure that these structures function so that anybody who comes should be able to work based on the constitution of the party.”

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In March 2022, Adamu emerged as APC national chairman about two years after the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved.

Adamu, who was governor of Nasarawa State from May 1999 to May 2007. Also represented Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly between May 2011 and April 2022.

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In the buildup to the APC presidential primary in June 2022, Adamu announced then Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the party’s consensus candidate but the announcement was strongly rejected by a league of northern governors who preferred former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu eventually emerged as the party’s flag bearer after he trounced Lawan, then Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; and other powerbrokers within the APC. The ex-Lagos governor would subsequently win the February 25, 2023 presidential poll.

Two months after Tinubu was sworn in as Nigeria’s President, Adamu and Omisore faced a string of crises which forced them out of the ruling party.

Commenting on how the APC has fared thus far, Lukman said, “We had to fight to get Asiwaju to win the ticket. Now, having won the ticket, it shouldn’t be business as usual.

“For instance, if under former President Buhari, the true federalism report by the Committee led by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, I am a member of that Committee. It was honest work that was done, not even to discuss the opinions of leaders; it was to go out there and find out what people think and put them on the weight and let them begin to think in terms of the options and we put the options on the table including draft legislative bills.”

On why the report was not implemented, he said, “I argued about this in several of my writings. The conservative bloc within the APC tends to have its way. They have the sophisticated skills to ensure that what they don’t like isn’t done. They are everywhere and this is part of my frustration with the APC. I expected that we would have a lot of debates in the APC and when meetings are not taking place, no debate takes place; it’s all a question of scheming to get positions, scheming to emerge as candidates even when elections are not taking place. We can’t make progress in a democracy like that.”

Lukman said incidences of electoral manipulations have drastically reduced from where it was in 2015 but “where there are gaps is the capacity of our democracy to produce leaders that are accountable to citizens. Accountability in terms of being responsive to the needs of citizens and also being representative of the interests of c

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