Daniel, Bankole meet Buhari: What next for APC, Contact/Strategy panel?

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, who recently moved over to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

They were accompanied to the Presidential Villa on Monday by the Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC, and Governor of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, Governors of Jigawa State, Mohammed Badaru and Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.

Recall that Daniel was governor of Ogun State from 1999 to 2007 to while Bankole was the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria (2007–2011) on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Daniel and Bankole have given reasons for their defection to the ruling APC.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Buni said he was at the State House to present the new party members to the President. The Yobe State governor said President Buhari was happy with the defectors.

Explaining why he joined the ruling party, Daniel said: “Why APC? There are too many options in the party. One thing is sure: we are going through health and economic challenges. We must do less of political contestations and give support.

“One thing that is for sure is that the entire world is going through challenges that are global, economic and health-related. When you are in a situation like this, as I usually opine, we should do less of partisan contestation. All of us must come together to support whoever is in power.

“What we have decided to do is to come and give our support to the President so that, jointly, we can continuously navigate the country. That is what is relevant.”

Disabusing the minds of those claiming that APC was trying to create a one-party state by poaching members of other parties, Daniel said main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was once a ruling party.

“Definitely, in any political environment, whether it is multi-party or two-party, there will usually be a majority party and the minority party. So, I don’t think that there’s anything new that has happened.”

Meanwhile, they are among those named as members of the party’s 61-man Contact/Strategy Committee.

The list include former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State Governor and ex-Osun State Deputy Governor Iyiola Omisore, former governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).

The committee will be inaugurated today by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.

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It has Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badru as its Chairman and Dr. Ikechi Emenike as the Secretary.

The party’s Caretaker Committee Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, confirmed the development in a statement in Abuja.

Other members of the committee include Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, 11 governors, former and serving members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and some party chieftains.

“The National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, H.E. Mai Mala Buni has approved the constitution of a high-powered 61-member Contact/Strategy Committee for the APC.

“This is part of ongoing efforts by the CECPC to rebuild and reposition our great party.

“The high-powered committee will be inaugurated by the CECPC National Chairman, on Tuesday 23rd March, 2021, by 2:00pm at the APC National Secretariat,” the statement added.

SEE FULL LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
1. H.E. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar – Chairman
2. H.E. (Sen.) Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege – Member
3. H.E. Alh. Yahaya Bello – Member
4. H.E. Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum – Member
5. H.E. Alh. Inuwa Yahaya – Member
6. H.E. Engr. Abdullahi Sule – Member
7. H.E. (Hon) Aminu Bello Masari – Member
8. H.E. Simon Bako Lalong – Member
9. H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu – Member
10. H.E. Dapo Abiodun – Member
11. H.E. (Sen.) Hope Uzodinma – Member
12. H.E. David Nweze Umahi – Member
13. H.E. Alh. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje – Member
14. H.E. (Sen.) Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako – Member
15. H.E. (Sen.) Mohammed Danjuma Goje – Member
16. H.E (Sen.) Kashim Shettima – Member
17. H.E. (Sen.) Ibikunle Amosun – Member
18. H.E. (Sen.) Mohammed Umar Jibrilla – Member
19. H.E. Timipre Sylva – Member
20. H.E. Rauf Aregbesola – Member
21. H.E. (Dr) Chris Ngige – Member
22. H.E. (Sen) George Akume – Member
23. Abubakar Malami, SAN – Member
24. Hajia Sadiya Umar Faruq – Member
25. Mallam Adamu Adamu – Member
26. H.E. Akinwunmi Ambode – Member
27. H.E. Mohammed A. Abubakar – Member
28. H.E. (Sen.) Mohammed Adamu Aliero – Member
29. H.E. Gbenga Daniel – Member
30. H.E. Sullivan Chime – Member
31. H.E. (Sen.) Iyiola Omisore – Member
32. H.E. Mamadu Aliyu Shinkafi – Member
33. H.E. Saidu Dakingari – Member
34. Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole – Member
35. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara – Member
36. Sen. Julius Ali Ucha – Member
37. Sen. Ganiyu Solomon – Member
38. Sen. Margaret Okadigbo – Member
39. Sen. Jibrin Wowo – Member
40. Sen. Anthony Oduma Agbo – Member
41. Sen. Robert Ajayi Boroffice – Member
42. Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa – Member
43. Sen. Khairat Gwadabe – Member
44. Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha – Member
45. Hon. Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila – Member
46. Hon. Usman Mohammed – Member
47. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu – Member
48. Hon. Abubakar Lado Suleja – Member
49. Hon. Makinde Peter Abiola – Member
50. Hon. Blessing David Onuoha – Member
51. Alh. Kashim Imam – Member
52. Mrs. Mimi Drubibi Adzape – Member
53. Olorugun Emerhor Ortega – Member
54. Obong Umana Okon Umana – Member
55. Prince B.B Apugo – Member
56. Chief Ify Ugo Okoye – Member
57. Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa – Member
58. Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman – Member
59. Princess (Hon) Miriam Onuoha – Member
60. Ideato C. Ideato Okoli – Member
61. Dr. Ikechi Emenike – Secretary

SIGNED:
Sen. John James Akpanudoehede, PhD
National Secretary, CECPC