Details have emerged from the meeting between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and major stakeholders with respect to the party’s campaign flag-off.
Some governors elected on the platform of the ruling party and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) met with Tinubu today in Abuja with an aim of addressing controversies surrounding the campaign list of the party.
Sharing some details from the three-hour-long meeting, the spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Festus Keyamo (SAN) said the ruling party has agreed on the region where it would flag off its campaigns for the 2023 elections
According to him, the party has not picked a specific date for the flag-off of the campaign as it was also paying attention to President Muhammadu Buhari’s schedule.
“You know that the structure of our campaign involves the presidential diary. I have said that our campaign is not going to be like those that they can kick and start like small vehicles. It is maneuvering a 50-ton tanker on a highway and once we hit the highway, it will be in motion and movement.
“Since Mr President is the chairman of the Campaign Council, we are going to take his diary into consideration in picking and choosing the date. However, we have all virtually agreed to hit the street very soon. We have also agreed on the region we are going to kick-start but I won’t say that now. We have also agreed on all the basic issues. We just want to carry along the leader of the party, Mr President and hit the street,” Daily Post quoted Keyamo as saying shortly after the meeting.
The spokesperson also assured that all the organs of the party are united and working in unison towards one purpose. Keyamo noted that Tinubu presented a draft manifesto to the party.
Speaking further about Tinubu’s manifesto, Keyamo said: “Our candidate is not the type that operates on his own. He carries everybody along. He presented the draft of the manifesto to all the stakeholders that looked at it. And guess what, almost all the stakeholders gave that draft more than 90 per cent passmark.”
He, however, declined to give further details on what the manifesto contained, insisting that Tinubu would present the manifesto to Nigerians himself.
“We can’t give you the content because we are not going to take it away from our candidate. He is going to present himself before Nigerians on a particular date and occasion. We have set up a small committee charged with the responsibility of reducing the manifesto documents to major highlights in message form we will sell to even the market women, street traders in the most simple language.
“We don’t want to present to Nigerians a very complicated document that they cannot understand in simple terms,” the SAN added.