The incumbent Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume has declared interest in emerging the next National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akume who has now released his manifesto through his campaign team, vowed to take the APC to the next level and unite every disgruntled persons or groups in the party.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister, the George Akume Campaign Organisation (GACO) led by former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria(NPN) Chief Simone Shango said Akume is the right candidate.
Naija News reports that several party stalwarts have already indicated an interest in becoming the next APC Chairman ahead of the February 26 national convention of the party.
But the Akume campaign team said if their principal is elected, he will turn the APC into a model party that other parties in Nigeria and even beyond will be envious of.
In the words of Shango, “If elected APC National Chairman, Senator George Akume will be committed to upholding the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Constitution of our great Party the All Progressives Congress. To this end, he will respect the powers and responsibilities of all organs and officers of the Party, which is necessary to entrench internal democracy and party discipline.
“All the party organs, officers and stakeholders need to work in harmony to consolidate our position as the dominant and ruling party in Nigeria. Senator George Akume’s vision is an APC which will be a model in political party administration in Nigeria and beyond.”
He added that beyond party matters in which Akume can be rated highly, Akume also enjoys support from Nigerians having served in various capacities in the past to impact lives including as a two-term Governor of Benue State and a Senator.
“He is not a businessman as he consistently sets his mind towards service to the good people of Nigeria. Thus we call on our teeming supporters across the country to remain calm, as nothing good conies easy.
“In relative terms and by all accounts including the views of many APC stakeholders and generality of Nigerians, Senator George Akume is clearly the best aspirant for the job. Consequently, such press attacks are not surprising but would not dampen but augment the support of key stakeholders and Nigerians in general,” he submitted.
The team listed other agendas Senator Akume will pursue to include: “To bolster confidence in APC, Senator George Akume will hold periodic Town Hall Interactive Sessions around the country and convey feedback to the APC Governments at all levels. Also, he will promote and participate in a robust social media communication scheme to feel the pulse of Nigerians, especially the youths and encourage the respective APC Governments to appropriately act on key issues raised. Senator George Akume will passionately see to the faithful implementation of APC’s Manifesto.
“The calm, focused and foresighted, Distinguished Senator George Akume will bring his extensive experience and competencies to bear on the job, by thinking and acting outside the box in prioritizing the tackling and solving of APC’s myriad problems.
“Senator George Akume is well placed to achieve these goals, having been two-term elected Governor of Benue State, three-term (12 years) Senator including as Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senate Minority Leader, and currently, Minister of the Federal Republic, among others.
“Senator George Akume will deploy his PR skills to effectively engage and collaborate with all shades of stakeholders to achieve sustainable reconciliation and peace by being firm but fair to all.
“Senator George Akume will devise credible ways and means to create space for youths and encourage them to participate meaningfully in the political arena both in terms of elective and appointive offices at the Federal, State and Local Government levels.”