APC national scribe: We have no anointed candidate ― North-East caucus

The North-East caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has no anointed candidate for the office of the national secretary of the party.

The position became vacant sequel to the emergence of Mallam Mai Mala Buni, the former occupant as incumbent governor of Yobe state.

The deputy national secretary of the party, Victor Giadom, has since assumed the position in an acting capacity.

Contenders for the position zoned to the North-East geo-political zone include Barrister Muhammed Bello Mustapha, Architect Idris Bulama and acting Director-General of National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari from Taraba, Borno and Yobe states, respectively.

But the North-East caucus in a communique read to newsmen on Monday by its publicity secretary, Ilyasu Habeb, dispelled insinuation that a certain aspirant has been endorsed for the position.

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The North-East caucus which announced President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, as the party leader for the zone submitted that a position would be unanimously taken in due course on the replacement for the sitting Governor of Yobe state, Mallam Buni.

The communique read in part:” That a caucus meeting of the APC in the zone will be held very soon to deliberate on the way forward for the APC and the entire zone.

“The Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan being the highest political office holder is appointed as the Chairman APC North East caucus and the party leader in the North-East zone.

“That the APC North-East zone frowns at and is not aware of a letter going round for the endorsement of a particular candidate for National Secretary purportedly said to be from the APC North-East zone. That all issues pertaining to the National Secretary shall be discussed and thrashed at the state level and thereafter brought to the Zonal level for presentation to the National level as constitutionally provided.”

The caucus further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what it called the present administration intervention programmes in the North-East zone.

“That the All Progressives Congress North-East zone is in total support of all the programmes and policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, particularly the intervention programme of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), the multi billion naira Mambilla Hydro Electric power project and the fight against insurgency in the zone.”

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