….. Bello leads high-powered APC Campaign Council
….Landslide envisaged as party chieftains strategize
By Cosmas Uzodinma
Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello will lead a high-powered campaign council of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the party prepares to sweep the FCT for President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was made known last week during an extraordinary meeting of APC stakeholders held in the residence of FCT Minister, in Life Camp, Abuja.
Speaking after the meeting, which was attended by Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Barrister Boss Mustapha, party leaders and all the candidates vying for various offices in the forthcoming elections, Bello emphasized that APC was going into the electioneering campaign as one family.
As Chairman of the APC Campaign Council, the Minister is head of the main policy-making and strategy-planning body that comprises the APC State Chairman, Abdulmalik Ahmed Usman who serves as his deputy. Other members of the Council include all National Assembly aspirants, Board of Trustees (BoT) members, National Executives representing FCT, Area Council Chairmen and the Campaign Director-General, among others.
The campaign structure includes a Campaign Directorate, headed by a Director-General, Hon. Musa Yahaya Mohammed, former Chairman of Abaji Area Council.
The Directorate comprises nine directors such as those for Planning, Publicity, Contact and Mobilization, Special Duties, Inter-party, Security, Transport, Women and Youth.
The campaign, the Minister revealed, will begin with campaign tour of the entire Area Councils of FCT culminating in a mega national rally of the party billed for Abuja Capital City.
The Minister added that the setting up of the Campaign Council is sequel to the Reconciliation Committee, headed by Senator Sidi Ali, set up by APC in FCT to reconcile all aggrieved aspirants and other members of the party after the primary elections.
He said the Committee worked very hard with the maximum cooperation of all the party’s aspirants to bring together all members of the party in FCT with the onerous task of getting the highest number of possible votes for APC in the presidential, National Assembly, and Area Council elections, including also the Councillorship elections.
In his opening remarks at the meeting, the SGF, Mustapha, urged the party faithful to forge a united front in this campaign season as it is only through unity and purposefulness would the party be able to ensure victory at the polls.
His words: “The APC as a big family, we have already put behind us the sad chapter of what transpired during the primaries in a consolidated manner. It’s going to be landslide victory for Baba Buhari and we are rest assured that, God willing, we are going to the next level.”
According to the Campaign Director-General, Mohammed, “we held a stakeholders’ meeting where the leadership resolved that FCT is solidly for APC and we have resolved also that we are going to give President Muhammadu Buhari the highest number of possible votes in the APC.”