A political group, Akume for All Progressives Congress National Chairman Campaign Organization (AFANCO), has urged former Governor of Benue State and Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume, to contest for the position of the APC National Chairman in the upcoming national convention; in order to lead the party to expected Eldorado.
During a press conference held Wednesday in Abuja, the Director General of AFANCO, Chief Patrick Ojim, said that AkumeS is the most qualified candidate to take over leadership of the APC from Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni and save the party from different political crises.
He said: “Two months ago, precisely on the 28th of September 2021, we openly unveiled and birthed Progressive Revolutionary initiative known as AFANCO-AKUME for All Progressives Congress National Chairman Campaign Organization. We are Nigerian professionals drawn from all walks of life within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Our membership is not restricted to tribe, region, state of origin, or social strata.
“Following an in-depth study and painstaking research as well as a clinical diagnosis of our political travails and adventures especially as critical members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from cradle, there seemed to have emerged the Nigerian version of the politburo, a party within the party. As a party with massive and enormous goodwill, anytime it experienced difficulties and challenges, solutions are not farfetched. The Mai Mala Buni-led Extra-ordinary care taker committee of our great party APC has not only been extra ordinary, but also with divine wisdom and absolute humanity, led the APC to its apogee. The party under H.E Mai Mala Buni is not just another political party in Nigeria. It is a global brand.
“Both the leadership and members of AFANCO within and outside the shores of Nigeria consider the APC a home. We are not just stakeholders but also faithful, diehards and investors in the APC project. Having watched the growth and metamorphosis of the party surviving the masticulating umbrage of the tropical caterpillar, common sense dictates that the photosynthetic process of transfer of power should be pursued with caution and foresight.”
He added: “At this stage of our socio-political development, both as a party and nation, extreme care and due diligence must be exercised when assigning leadership responsibilities. We must shun bigotry, totalitarianism, corruption, ethnicity, religious and social discrimination and embrace _incorruptibility, tolerance, social cohesion and nationalism. We must emphasis and integrate the poor, needy, less privileged, widows, orphans and the vulnerable population into our national vision and mission.
“Consequently, we call on H.E Sen. Dr. George Akume to come forward and take up the leadership of APC in the forthcoming convention. Our conviction is predicated on the fact that H.E Sen. Dr. George Akume has served meritoriously as former Governor, Senator and now Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has the acumen to succeed H.E Mai Mala Buni and lead the APC to a more adventurous exploits and political conquest, bountiful harvests and national prosperity.
“Akume is tested, trusted and a certified Administrator, moving through the ranks and ladder as a public officer, politician and community leader. His humanity and empathy is infectious. He is patient, focused and a bridge builder, a problem solver as well as an attentive listener. He is pragmatic, generous, calm and meek as a lamb. He is the political gladiator and muster-point of North Central Nigeria and he possesses the magic wand that will positively increase the fortunes of our great party APC. We hereby make this passionate call on H.E. Sen. Dr. George Akuma, wherever he is, to come out now for the love of Nigeria and Nigerians and lead the APC to our expected Eldorado.”