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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has debunked claims that other aspirants who vied for the APC ticket with the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, have left the party.
Adamu said other presidential aspirants have since declared their support for Tinubu, adding that they are part of the APC’s project ahead of the 2023 general election.
He said this while speaking to newsmen at the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
Asked about Osinbajo, Lawan, and Amaechi, the APC chairman said: “To the best of our knowledge, they are keying into this project. However, each of the aspirants at the convention is still alive and as journalists, you owe it a duty having observed or having the state of mind that requires to know where they stand today.
“It will be a bit absurd for me to start talking for them on things you feel you have not seen or heard from them. As for reconciliation, it is still a work in progress and we have been doing it. We have been talking to them and these guys are still very much around the political space. You can ask them whatever your observations are.”
On the reorganisation of the party’s workforce, Adamu said: “The fact of the matter is, go round the secretariat, there is no one person who has come here who is a member of my family – primary or secondary.
“When we came here, we came to reorganise and reposition the party. You don’t see the party in a state of mess and just because you want to be decent, because you don’t want to offend anybody, you allow the rot that you inherited to go on.
“We came and met the party where people were fixing all manner of things, the legal bill alone was over N7.5 billion. We came to find that here, everybody was like on his own.
“Everyone was just doing what they wanted to do, no control, no system, no due process and just because you don’t want to be accused of anything, you just allow that kind of thing to go on. I am not that brand. My DNA has terrible allergy for that and I am sure most, if not all of my members in the NWC share in this.
“So, we found the necessity to reorganise the whole place and only God knows the extent of appreciation of the public that we got. Of course, every situation of change has its victims and ours will not be an exception and we didn’t do anything with any bias or prejudice.
“The main thing is the interest of the party, to reposition it in an election year. We will be abused, we will be falsely accused. Of course, we are humans, I am not saying we couldn’t have made one or two mistakes but the fact of the matter is that there is nothing we have done deliberately just to promote our own feathers.
“Recently, we tried to introduce table payment. We know we don’t have 200 people working here but if you go to the payroll, you have over 200 people. Who are they? How did they come on our payroll? What are they doing for us? What is the nature of their jobs? Where are their letters of appointment? What qualifications do they have? You don’t because you want to avoid negative press and then not do this. We did everything in good faith and I don’t have any qualms about it,” he stated.
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