About a year and nine months after the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved, the ruling All-Progressives Congress, APC ha elected a new National Working Committee.
The party has reached a consensus on 77 of 78 positions. The only position still up for grabs is the office of the national woman leader of the party.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu was endorsed by stakeholders, especially state governors, for the position of National Chairman while Senator Iyiola Omisore was endorsed as National Secretary.
Others were Senator Abubakar Kyari (Borno state) who was endorsed as Deputy National Chairman, North; Chief Emma Eneukwu (Enugu State) as Deputy National Chairman, South, and Barr. Festus Fuanter (Plateau) as Deputy National Secretary.
For the National Vice Chairmen, those endorsed were Muazu Rijau (Niger) for North Central; Mustapha Salihu (Adamawa) for North East; Salihu Moh. Lukman (Kaduna), North West; Dr. Ijeoma Arodiogwu (Imo), South-East; Chief Victor Giadom, Rivers, South-South; and David Isaac Kekemeke, Ondo, South West.
Also in the list are Ahmed El-Marzuk from Katsina as National Legal Adviser; Uguru Ofoke from Ebonyi as National Treasurer; Bashir Gimel from Jigawa as National Financial Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu from Kebbi as National Organizing Secretary, and FN Nwosu from Abia as National Welfare Secretary.
Felix Morka from Delta was endorsed as National Publicity Secretary; Senator Abubakar Maikafi from Bauchi as National Auditor; Dr. Beta Edu from Cross River as National Women Leader; and Dayo Israel from Lagos State as National Youth Leader among others.
The Convention was characterized by high wire politics as Senator Ken Nnamani, who was touted to emerge as Deputy National Chairman, South, suddenly dropped out of the ‘Unity List.
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, who was running for the Deputy National Chairman (North), also pulled out of the race.
While the party was able to agree on 77 out of the 78 positions, there was drama as Mary Ekpere-Eta, an aspirant for the office of the national woman leader of the party, refused to withdraw from the race.
Ekpere-Eta, a former director-general of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), announced her decision in the early hours of Sunday during the ongoing APC convention in Abuja.
According to an ‘endorsement list’ of consensus candidates released earlier on Saturday, Betta Edu was adopted for the office of national woman leader.
The adoption of Edu comes despite the controversy over whether she resigned her position as Cross River commissioner for health before seeking to contest as national woman leader.
Edu had, however, said she resigned as commissioner “weeks ago”.
At the convention which started on Saturday and continued into Sunday, aspirants took turns to announce their intentions to withdraw from contesting different positions.
While that was going on, Alphonsus Eba, APC chairman in Cross River, climbed the stage and announced that Ekpere-Eta had withdrawn from the contest.
But Ekpere-Eta appeared on the stage immediately afterward and insisted that she was still in the race.
“I will never and cannot withdraw from the race,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Convention ratified the APC Constitution 2022 as amended as well as all actions of the now-defunct Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC.
The Convention was, however, nearly marred by the alleged decision of security operatives to jam mobile telephone networks within the venue as journalists and observers found it difficult to relay the event using new media tools.