* Says APC prepared for PDP’s ‘money bag’ candidate
*Insists he doesn’t care if opposition complains, APC must retain Osun
* It will be conclusive this time around, Ganduje vows
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, says the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, under his leadership, has zero tolerance for failure. Adamu said this yesterday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja during the inauguration of 86-member National Campaign Council for the Osun State governorship election, scheduled for July 26.
The APC national chairman said as far as the Osun State governorship election was concerned, the campaign council should do whatever it takes within the law to win the election, saying he doesn’t care if the opposition complains.
He said having won the Ekiti State governorship election, held recently, the next hurdle, which the party must cross, was the Osun election.
Adamu told the campaign council, “You will recall that about a week ago, we faced the challenge posed by the Ekiti State gubernatorial election and by the grace of God, we emerged in flying colours.
“The next hurdle we have to confront with all vigour, with all strength that we can muster, is the forthcoming Osun State governorship election. Ekiti was very easy, but I want to get everyone ready; Osun will be more difficult for us, because, one, Osun is bigger by population, bigger by number of local governments and even every local government has unique characteristic problem that we will face.”
Adamu said he had been informed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, was a “moneybag”, but assured the people that APC would be ready for him.
According to the national chairman, “I was told that the governorship candidate of the opposition is a moneybag. So, we must be prepared to face him eyeball to eyeball. We are going there to win and that plan to win, the ability to executive the plan rests with the leadership that this council is going to provide in the campaign efforts.
“I urge you to leave no stone unturned. I urge you to go there and do whatever is doable in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Electoral law to win. My tolerance level and this National Working Committee’S level for failure is really really zero.
“Most of you have been statesmen in your own right, the offices you held before today, but for this exercise, take off the big guns, take off the creepy suits and go down the trench and bring that victory we want.”
He warned members of the campaign council not to come back to the party crying, saying there is no room for failure.
He added, “Nobody should come back to us crying, failure is not our own by the grace of God. Whatever it takes within the laws of the land, I said go for it, win the election. Let them go complain, let them go wherever, let’s win the election. We have no apologies whatsoever for this posture.”
Adamu said the Ekiti and Osun elections were critical to the general election in 2023.
He stated, “It will go in our credentials that we have the winning track record. This National Working Committee that you elected, we have a commitment. What we mean by the commitment is the 2023 general election facing us. We have to face it squarely. There’s no option to wining the national election and these state elections are, like I said, forebears to the national election. We must show those who love us by showing those who are our adversaries in the strongest possible way that we are in control.
“No apologies to anybody; we are the party in government; we are the party ruling the country today, no apologies for anybody. The reality is Nigerians chose APC and we will do everything we can to retain this position of envy.
“Now, we have determined as a party, who will be our flag bearer in the forthcoming presidential election in 2023.
“We have Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as our presidential candidate. You all know that. So, these elections are first steps we are taking towards victory in 2023. We must not play with this. We start preparing for these now.
“The challenge, everybody’s arrow is pointing at us, so we must show our capacity to bear the pressure and move out forces forward to victory. We are winning the battle of the states, but the real war to be won is the presidential election in 2023. And I do hope that we will not spare efforts to ensure that we come back victorious.”
Co-chair of the campaign council and Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, assured the people that the Osun election would be conclusive this time around, saying the campaign team would ensure that the party achieves victory.
Ganduje responded, “Our national chairman, we want to assure you that we will work day and night. We will be committed. Some of us have already started behind the scenes.
“One important issue about the Osun election is reconciliation. Internal dynamics of the party are very important.
“Some of us, who participated in the last election that brought the current governor into office, we knew the interplay of variables that took place. And that led us to a new terminology in election, inconclusive election.
“I assure you, Mr. Chairman, this time this election will be conclusively conclusive. I believe the stakeholders in Osun State will add value to their preparedness, and ensure that the 30 LGAs in Osun State leadership have all prepared for this election.
“We are told that we are fighting an opposition with moneybags. But we want to assure you that we are coming with strategy bags.”