The All Progressive Congress is still unclear where it will place a presidential ticket in the upcoming national elections.
This is despite the fact that the sale of nomination forms by the party and the nominees have been initiated.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullah Adamu, has confirmed that no decision has been reached in the area to produce a candidate for the 2023 presidential election at this time.
This also comes as the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) led by Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has launched a new initiative to pressure major political parties to open their tickets to all parts of the country, saying “power shift arrangement is already dead and buried.”
Adam told State House secretary at Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday after presenting the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti APC, Abiodun Oyebanji, to President Muhammadu Buhari, that the decision on which part of the country should produce the ruling party elections was over to him.
Although he explained that the APC would make the decision, he emphasized that “Today I have the right to chair the party. The party is bigger than me. The party has not yet made a decision and I cannot predict what the party will decide. ”
Recall that the ruling party shifted its national offices between North and South, which led to the emergence of Adam from the Middle East as national chairman.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State had said shortly before the party’s last national conference that although the APC had not decided to design a presidential ticket, the change of national offices was an indication of the origin of its president.
Adam also said that the party does not regret the high cost of nominating candidates for positions within the party.
He stressed that the APC was determined to discourage parties that did not have a chance to win the election to support individuals to play the role of dissipation.
According to him, the costs should have been too high due to the need to raise enough money to successfully prosecute the upcoming elections.
“On the issue of cost. Yeah, I’ve been listening, with rapt attention, to the hues and cries from our lovers and from our adversaries. We have no regrets whatsoever. We did some homework, we know what it takes to go through primaries, go through the presidential campaign, go through the election for the President. We know what it takes.
“We also do know that there are citizens who are qualified to contests, but who are not serious contenders, who will just want to take anything cheaply by the roadside, and assert what they call their rights and create problems for our party.
“We’re also aware that some parties that have no chance whatsoever to win the presidential election in Nigeria, will sponsor people into parties that have prospects for winning the election, to create problems for us, to divert our attention, whichever party is involved in that.
“Over and above that, yes, we are the ruling party. Yes, we need to set examples in what we do, but I ask you, I don’t know which part of the country you come from, If God forbid, your traditional ruler dies today, contestants to that office will go for more than N100 million, it’s no news.
“When I contested for the Senate, all I paid was just a token; N5 million, N10 million, including the expression. When my colleague wanted to be chairman of the party, in the days of Adams Oshimhole, it took him N500,000. Today, for me, just as an example, to contest the national chairman of our party, had to pay N20 million to contest.
“Alright, and even the enormity of work that has to be done, and this work will be done with the money. We don’t want to continue going begging.
“So, I want to say that we’re trying to mobilize sufficient funds to support our efforts to win the election. Some protests may be well-founded, I have no quarrel with that, but the propensity of this, that people just assume ‘it’s the ruling party, is a quick… in our democracy.
“I will not quarrel with that, every one of us has the right to express himself, and I’m in full support of these obligations, but we wear the shoes for our party and we know where it pinches us the most one” he stated.
On the alleged recalcitrance by some cabinet members to resign to enable them face their political ambition, Adamu wrote it off as a legal matter which he would not comment on for now.
His words, “thank you very much for your question. Our luck on this end is that I happen to be a lawyer and the issue you are raising is in court right now. So, it would amount to subjudice for me to discuss it at all”.