Presidential race: CPA elders chose Senator George Akume’s nomination form, says Gemade

  • Supporters of Senator George Akume are not backing down in their support for former Governor of Benue to become the next CPA President
  • Political associates of the Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs who are also APC alumni retrieved a nomination form on his behalf
  • Led by Senator Barnaba Gemade, the elders expressed their confidence that Akume will be elected as the next national president of the APC.

FCT, Abuja- On Wednesday, March 16, Senator Barnabas Gemade led a group of All Progressives Congress (APC) alumni across the country to secure a national presidential nomination form for the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.

APC Deans include the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN); Chief Simone Shango, a former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor and Summit Newspapers Editor, Chief Ray Murphy.

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Gemade and others
The elders were taken to the national secretariat of the APC by Senator Barnabas Gemade. Photo credit: Benue APC
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Others are gubernatorial aspirants, Chief Terlumun Akputu, and a former senator, Professor Terhemba Shija, among others.

Akume has now joined five other aspirants who have each paid 2 million naira for national presidential nomination forms.

Others include Senator Sani Musa, Malam Mustapha Saliu, Senator Tanko Al-Makura, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and former Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

Speaking after securing Akume’s nomination form at the APC National Secretariat, Senator Gemade said the former Governor of Benue’s chances of emerging as the next APC National President were very shiny.

Gemade described Akume as a calm, focused and far-sighted individual, adding that he will bring his vast experience and skills to the job, thinking and acting outside the box to prioritize and solve APC’s challenges.

His words:

“This event is for us to come and get him the form so he can fill out to meet the party requirements for the competition for this position and we think what we have done today is a milestone.

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“We pray that the convention will go well and that this party will grow stronger at the end and the best candidate who we believe will be Akume to win this office in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

When asked if he was confident Akume would win, the APC leader said:

“His (Akume) chances are good. Now, every single one of them, if you ask them, they’ll tell you their chances are good. And we know that God knows the overcomer and we believe that his mercy is good for us and at the end of the day we will be satisfied with whatever our God does for us.

On whether the group of elders will prefer a consensus agreement to elect the next national president of the APC, Gemade said:

“Whatever the party chooses. The party has the last word. If at the end of the day, the party is able to consummate a consensus exercise for this contest, we agree with it.

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“However, if they decide that there should be a ballot for this competition, we will proceed to the ballot, and whatever the result, we will accept.”

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Meanwhile, Senator Akume reacted to a news report which claimed he had an ongoing battle with Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Akume dismissed as false, the report saying he has no baggage to hinder his chances in the race for national president of the APC.

The senator made the disclosure on Tuesday, February 1 after a media report suggested he may face challenges over his alleged case with the EFCC.

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Aondona said his manager has neither expressed interest in running for the job nor employed the services of anyone to campaign on his behalf to such an end.


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