Barring any last-minute change of plans, Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar will chair the Bola Ahmed Tinubu 2023 Presidential campaign in the entire Northern region, just as his counterpart in Ebonyi State David Umahi will oversee the operations in Southern Nigeria, comprising the three sub-regions – Southeast, South South and Southwest.
This was the outcome of meetings which Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential flagbearer, had with APC governors in Lagos on Monday and Tuesday and his ssubsequent meeting with the National Chairman of the party Senator Abdullahi Adamu on Tuesday this week.
Tinubu’s decision with the governors will have to be ratified by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and by extension the National Executive Committee, according to a source privy to the meetings.
Prime Business Africa reports that, while Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong has been approved as the Director-General of the Tinubu/APC Presidential campaign, Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar will chair the APC 2023 Presidential campaign for the entire Northern region, just as Ebonyi State’s Umahi will oversee the operations in the entire South.
Prime Business Africa reliably gathered that the governors and the candidate also created Zonal Directorates for the six geopolitical zones, to be manned by select governors.
While Governor Uzodinma will oversee the Tinubu Presidential Campaign in the Southeast – comprising Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia and Enugu states – Professor Ben Ayade of Cross River State will hold down the fort in South South states of Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Edo.
In the same vein, Ondo State governor, Oluwa Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, will head the campaign in Southwest states consisting of Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ogun.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (who was originally touted as potential running mate until former Borno State governor Senator Kashim Shettima emerged) will now act as director for the Northwest, comprising Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, SokotoKatsina, Kebbi and Zamfara states,
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello will be the director for the North Central states of Plateau, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory.
His counterpart in Gombe State, Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, has also been nominated by the governors to head the campaign in the Northeast.
Impeccable sources within the ruling APC, who spoke to Prime Business Africa Saturday morning, also confirmed – as one of them put it – that, ‘‘Other evolving coordinating teams are about to be set up.
”I am also telling you that no input has been made by the party so far. The important thing here is that the candidate, Tinubu himself has met with the Chairman of the party and the governors, and I can tell you that it’s now subject to the approval of the APC as a body through the NWC and NEC,” a source in Northeast who was privy who attended some of the meetings disclosed early Saturday morning.
FULL LIST OF DIRECTORS FOR THE TINUBU’S 2023 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Below is the full sit of officers nominated to oversee the 2023 campaign of the APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu:
- Director-General (National): Governor Simon Lalong
- Chairman (Northern region): Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
- Chairman (Southern Nigeria): Governor David Umahi
PROPOSED REGIONAL DIRECTORATES OF THE TINUBU/APC 2023 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
SOUTHEAST: (Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia and Imo states): Hope Uzodinma
SOUTH SOUTH (Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Akwa Ibom states): Governor Ben Ayade
SOUTH WEST (Ondo, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states): Governor Rotimi Akeredolu
NORTH WEST (Kano, Jigawa, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna and Zamfara): Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
NORTHEAST (Borno, Adamawa, Bauchio, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe): Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya
NORTH CENTRAL: (Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Kwara and FCT): Abubarkar Sani Bello