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No fewer than 22 presidential aspirants who participated in the All Progressives Congress primaries where Bola Tinubu as flag-bearer will converge in Abuja on August 31 to meet with the APC presidential candidate.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the media team of an aspirant, Nicolas Felix.
Felix stated that all the aspirants who participated in the last presidential convention would be in attendance.
“The special invitation to the strategic meeting of all 2023 APC presidential aspirants, which will be held at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 by 2 pm is to brainstorm on adopting winning campaign strategies that will carry every Nigerian along and address the challenges bedevilling our country,” he noted.
This is coming amidst Tinubu’s political romance with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State which many within the party argued will sideline the runner-up in the primaries, Rotimi Amaechi.
The alleged pact between the two is coming to light following weeks of speculation and moves shrouded in secrecy.
Wike and Tinubu met in London alongside their associates.
Tinubu has been strategising to douse tension and fear that trailed his choice of a fellow Muslim as a running mate.
According to the statement, those expected to be in attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Other incumbent governors such as Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State are also expected to attend the meeting.
Others include Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; former Ogun State Governor and serving senator, Ibikunle Amosun; a serving senator, Ajayi Boroffice; former Zamfara State Governor, Ahmad Sani; former Imo State Governor and serving senator, Rochas Okorocha; a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; fiery cleric, Tunde Bakare; Pastor and businessman, Dr. Nicolas Felix; former Information Minister, Ikeobasi Mokelu; businessman, Tein Jack-Rich; and the only female among them, Uju Ken-Ohanenye.
This will be the first gathering of the aspirants after the APC presidential primaries held at Eagle Square between June 6 to 8 where Tinubu emerged as the winner.
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