By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Director General (DG) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong has disclosed that the party will run a clean campaign based on issues rather than propaganda and falsehood.
Lalong who was speaking during official inauguration of the Presidential Campaign Council and unveiling of the Action Plan by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the APC is poised for victory and will therefore, not be distracted by toxic campaigns no matter the provocation.
The DG said the PCC is elated by the zeal and desire of party members across the nation and the diaspora to serve in one position or the other during the campaigns, explaining that the PCC devised a strategy to ensure that everyone is captured across the various levels of the party structure.
“With the blessings of Mr. President and the endorsement of the party and our candidate, we have chosen to carry out a bottom-up approach to the campaigns. In other words, members will work to deliver the party and its candidates from the unit to the national level and not the other way round.
“Therefore, we have carefully planned the structure to give roles to all members from the unit, ward, local government, state, zonal, regional and federal levels. That way, we are sure of not only getting everyone on board, but also able to easily track the roles played by each member in the campaign process.
“At the end of the day, we can conveniently address any challenge and even reward excellence while harvesting maximum votes. For the PCC, the days of people flying letters in Abuja while work suffers at the grassroots is over”.
The Director General said the PCC is aware that the composition of the leadership and membership of the various committees may not have satisfied the yearnings of everyone, but everything possible has been done to come up with a list that captures virtually every interest.
“The structure adopted will give room for those whose names do not appear, to be given roles at the regional, zonal, state local government, ward and unit levels. That way, everyone is captured in the campaigns.
“Our campaigns will therefore, be issue-based and devoid of propaganda or falsehood. We shall tell the electorate what our party has done and also remind them of the enviable records set by our Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima during their previous assignments. They have demonstrated the capacity, experience, composure, exposure and acceptance to take Nigeria to greater heights from May 29th 2023”. He said.
National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu appealed to all party faithful to be committed to the task ahead and remain focused on the goal of ensuring that APC retains power at the Federal and State levels.
He said since no army goes to war fragmented, the task ahead requires a lot of sacrifices by members of the PCC and the entire party structure. He urged them to put aside personal or sectional interests and focus on the important goal which is to win the elections with an unprecedented wide margin in the history of elections in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Vice Presidential running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima said the APC remains the party with the best intentions for uniting and developing Nigeria into a great nation that meets up its potentials.
APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu while speaking on his plans for Nigeria, said he brings hope and renewal as he will give the nation the leadership that will focus on assembling the best minds and giving them the support and direction to confront the challenges of the country head on.
In unveiling his manifesto titled, “Renewed Hope”, the APC Presidential Candidate said President Muhammadu Buhari has done a lot to take Nigeria higher in areas such as education, security, agriculture, infrastructure among others.
These he said will receive a boost whenever he comes on board as he would tackle insecurity frontally by ensuring that no part of Nigeria is threatened by bandits and other criminals.
Asiwaju said he would work hard to unite Nigeria and ensure that justice, equity and fairness prevails irrespective of the faith, tribe, religion and other considerations of the citizens.
He thanked APC supporters and Nigerians for their overwhelming show of love and support demonstrated towards him since he emerged the party’s Candidate.
President Muhammadu Buhari while inaugurating the council, said he was happy to be at the forefront of the campaign as the future of Nigeria is safer with the APC.
He said the 2023 General elections is as important as the one that brought the party to power in 2015 hence the need for party members to work hard in ensuring that the APC wins at all levels.
He described Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a visionary leader whose political journey has been full of success and turnaround just as it was recorded in Lagos during his government and in the subsequent administrations of his successors.
While congratulating the party members and candidates of the party at various levels, the President commended the spirit of unity and oneness demonstrated by other aspirants who donated their structures and other facilities to those who emerged as candidates.