Former governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is to lead the 27 member national convention committee that will elect the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forth coming convention.
While Alh. Kawu Baraje, is to serve as the deputy national chairman, with Dr. Alex Ideh serving as the alternative secretary. Other members of the committee include Barr. Boss Mustapha, Dr. Garba Abari, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali, (Rtd), Prof. umar Faruk, Hajia Aisha Ibrahim, Mr. Olawole Edun, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, and Mr. Edwin Ogunbor.
Others are Mr. Preye Aganaba, Dr. Kachy Nwoja, Hon Tony Oneweek, Sen Babafemi Ojudu, Hon Yakubu Dogara, Alh Mai Bala Buni, National secretary of the party, Sen. Izunaso, national organising secretary and Alh. Lai Mohammed, National publicity secretary of the APC.
Each presidential aspirant will be represented at the committee by nonvoting members to include Hon Greg Eguh, Hon Faruk Adamu Aliyu, Murtala S. Garo, Yusuf Mai-anguwa and Hon Ifeoluwa Arowosoge, who are to ensure the transparency of the process.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja yesterday, National chairman of the party, John Oyegun, thanked the chairman and members for agreeing to serve in the committee.
“I have had the benefit of organising and running a convention before. I am aware that I had more time to accomplish the assignment. You have about 21 or 22 days to do this and that tells me and that the challenge before you is enormous.
” I want to say that you have been elected after a long deliberation because the state of our party with its propagation and the need for change, we need to have people who believe in change and who will practice change by the way they organise and conduct the primaries.
“The ball is in your court. The party has put in your hand, the most critical assignment in the process of producing the next President for this nation. It is the way you conduct this process and the way you conduct the exercise itself that will finally catapult us from being an opposition party into the incoming government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Responding, chairman of the committee, Dr. Kayode Fayemi thanked the chairman for finding them worthy for the assignment and promise to deliver the best and transparent convention that is expected by the party.
“We are indeed very delighted to be given the opportunity by this great party to carry out this great assignment. This is an assignment that onerous, that is going to be tasking and going to require all our human effort to deliver to the standard that is expected of the party by the party in waiting for the presidency of Nigeria.
“This assignment is not just about the how, but also about who, but the how is far more important than the who for us. That is, the process is more important that the end product because for us, what Nigeria requires most is that we demonstrate to the best of our ability, our commitment to internal democracy.