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Tinubu, APC Governors Disagree Over Party’s Manifesto


ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC) is working against the clock to forestall another round of crisis that may fur­ther delay the ultimate flag off of its presidential campaign as APC gover­nors kick against what an insider dubs ‘Tinubu’s Lagos manifesto’ ahead of the party’s campaign flag off.

The development is coming against grapevine find that the APC presiden­tial candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may have dumped the party’s manifesto in preference for what he achieved as governor of Lagos State.

The APC presidential candidate is said to be uncomfortable run­ning on the manifesto of the party, especially with the litany of unfulfilled promises by the outgoing administration which some minders of the candidate believe would not sell with the people.

However, the shift away from the APC manifesto is said to have drawn the anger of some of the governors who are bitter that their candidate is out to sell the party cheap at the 2023 election in an effort to distance self from alleged glar­ing failings of the APC Federal Government.

The governors were said to have met Tuesday night at Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where the governors allegedly took a decision to reject the ‘Lagos Manifesto’, prompting the ‘emergency’ meeting of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), the National Working Committee (NWC) and candidates of the party, Tinubu and Shettima.

The conspicuous absence of the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, from the crucial meeting held at Transcorp Hilton also raised fears of unresolved issues still dogging the APC ahead of the campaign take off.

Recall that the APC NWC had recently kicked against the allege hijack of the PCC by close aides of the APC pres­idential candidate, with the chairman of the APC Gover­nors’ Forum, Kebbi’s Governor Atiku Bagudu admitting that the PCC list ought to have been released by the NWC.
Briefing journalists short­ly after rising from the four hours meeting, spokesman of the campaign, Festus Keyamo, disclosed that the meeting was called to review the draft man­ifesto of the party.

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