Adamu, Yari and Al-Makura

Aspirants vying for party offices at the national and zonal levels under the All Progressive Congress, APC, are to be screened today (Tuesday).

The party’s National Convention Screening Sub-Committee, on Monday, in Abuja, invited all aspirants via invitation signed by the Secretary of the Screening Committee, Emmanuel Otagburuagu.

The invitation is titled, ‘APC National Convention: Screening of aspirants commence Tuesday – Governor Masari’, and reads, “His Excellency, Aminu Masari, the Chairman, and Dimeji Bankole, the Co-Chairman of the APC 2022 National Convention Screening Committee, hereby invite all the aspirants to the screening exercise.”

Vantage News learnt the aspirants will be screened in two batches at the Katsina State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.

Vantage News also gathered that an aspirant can be disqualified and without a refund if he is found wanting by the screening committee despite the high cost of purchasing a ticket.

The seven chairmanship aspirants, who have purchased forms and will are expected to be screened are Niger-East lawmaker, Senator Sani Musa; a former governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura; a former governor of Benue State, George Akume; an ex-governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; another former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu; Saliu Mustapha and Mohammed Etsu.

Vantage News sources have revealed that several APC governors are however making frantic efforts to ensure that the chairmanship aspirants meet and form a consensus.

“All the aspirants are meeting with their respective governors and caucuses. Most of the APC governors are in Abuja already. The governors are trying to encourage the aspirants to pick a consensus candidate,” a top source in the party said.

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It was also gathered that some of the governors were not keen on having Adamu as the next chairman of the APC despite reports that the President Muhammadu Buhari, was supporting him.

“A considerable number of the governors are not for Senator Adamu, who claims that the President is supporting him. Although he has been endorsed by some senators, some of these governors had endorsed other aspirants before Adamu joined the race. Even in Nasarawa State, where he comes from, Senator Adamu has not been endorsed by Governor Abdullahi Sule and other stakeholders,” the APC chieftain said.

The positions for those who will be screened include the deputy national chairmen, zonal chairmen, national secretary, deputy national secretary, national vice-chairmen for the six zones, national organising secretary, national legal adviser, national financial secretary, national welfare secretary, national treasurer, national publicity secretary, national auditor, national women leader, national youth leader and leader of persons living with disabilities.

Others are deputy national financial secretary, deputy national legal adviser, deputy national treasurer, deputy welfare secretary, deputy national publicity secretary, deputy national auditor, deputy national women leader, deputy national youth leader, zonal secretaries for the six zones, zonal youth leaders in the six zones, zonal organising secretaries across all the zones, and six ex-officio members.

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