Adamu, APC Chairman, says any member free to leave party

Adamu, APC Chairman, says any member free to leave party

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on Saturday, July 16, said the party cannot force any member to stay or exit.

He stated this after visiting Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule at the Government House in Lafia.

We don’t want to lose any member. But if a member wilfully wants to leave the party without recourse; we can’t force anybody to stay or leave the party,” he said.

The issue of defection. There is a season for it in politics particularly in developing countries…It is not news in Nigeria.

“Anybody who is a member of this party is an adult…When an adult takes a decision, it’s either you convince him and if the decision is not favourable to you and he does his bidding; you leave him for God who decides everything.”

Additionally, Adamu expressed confidence that the ruling party will still emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections despite its internal wranglings.

He stated that the defections of some members to other political parties would not prevent the party from being determined and focused.

“As for winning elections, we are working to win. By the grace of God, we will win the elections. We are going to work as if it is the last election we are going to handle,” Adamu added.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari says the process that led to election of Sen. Bola Tinubu as presidential candidate of the APC was purely democratic, and reflection of the will of party members.

Specifically, the President, according to a statement by his media aide; Malam Garba Shehu, stated this during Sallah homage to the Emir of Katsina; Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, in Katsina on Saturday, July 16.

The President said: “When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) signaled parties to elect their presidential candidates, we had 30 aspirants, mostly ministers in my cabinet and governors.

“I told each of the aspirants to go and do their best. One particular governor, in his wisdom, came to meet me and asked who they should vote for at the party convention, checking if I had a preferred candidate.

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”There was no need for interference, knowing the competence of all the aspirants. They went and elected Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and he picked his running mate, Sen. Kashim Ibrahim.

”I am praying that we will have peaceful and successful elections,’’ he said.

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