Masari, El-Rufai, others emerge APC interim national officers

All Progressives Congress

 Akande, Lai Mohammed of ACN to perform similar roles in APC.

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Masari, and a former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai, have emerged as interim national officers of the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress, APC, a merger of some opposition political parties.

While Mr. Masari from Katsina State will serve as Deputy National Chairman, Mr. el-Rufai, an indigene of Kaduna State, will serve as Deputy National Secretary.

The names of both chieftains of the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, have been forwarded to the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, which will submit them to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Other nominees from CPC, according to the list obtained by PREMIUM TIMES are Sadiya Farouq from Zamfara State as National Treasurer; Sharoon from Anambra State as National Women Leader; A. Lado from Niger State as National Youth Leader; Aboki, a retired general from Nasarawa State as National Vice Chairman, North Central; James Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kogi State as Deputy Legal Adviser; Bala Jibrin from Bauchi State as Deputy National Auditor; and Muse from Lagos State as ex-officio member.

Already, Bisi Akande, the National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has since emerged as the National Chairman of APC with the National Secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Tijjani Tumsah, as the National Secretary.

Other slots given to the ACN, apart from the position of the National Chairman are National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Treasurer, National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Youth Leader, two vice chairmanship seat and two ex-officio members.

Although, it could not be confirmed immediately, there are indications that the current ACN National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, has been picked to play that same role in the APC.

In a chat with journalists on Monday night in Abuja, the Chairman of the ANPP Board of Trustees and former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, confirmed that Mr. Akande had been picked as the interim national chairman of APC, saying the appointment was a consensus decision among the merging parties.

Apart from producing the National Secretary, ANPP will also produce the National Financial Secretary, Deputy National Organising Secretary, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, two vice chairmen and two ex-officio officers.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ANPP, at its meeting, last weekend, set up a committee to select the occupants of the positions ceded to the party by the merger committee.

Other parties in the merger, namely the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, were also given slots in the National Working Committee, NWC.

The positions of National Organising Secretary; Deputy National Chairman, South; Deputy National Financial Secretary, Deputy National Women Leader; one vice chairman and one-ex-officio were given to APGA.

DPP will produce the position of National Auditor.

The parties announced their plan to merge on February 6 and formally applied to INEC for registration on June 6.

The national chairmen, national secretaries and national treasurers of ACN, ANPP and CPC signed the application for registration in line with Section 84 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (amended).

INEC had also directed the association to set up a national executive as part of its registration process.


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  • Ajanaku

    Error, DPP cannot be deputy national secretary and El-rufai will still be deputy national secretary. Kindly check again for error.

  • Joseph Ejechi

    Well, maybe the shape of things to come in APC is here being signaled. I cannot wait to see a viable opposition take the centre stage in Nigeria political arena. What I have seen in these past 14 years is a total domination of the political stage by a self style biggest party in Africa, the PDP. The PDP has bestrode the the political land space like a humongous colossus,swallowing smaller political parties ran with sole intention of getting the largesse INEC could offer. They did natural death. They could not stand the corrosive and toxic political adventure.

    Those parties that have survived could not claim to be national in outlook but noise they must make, at least, to tell the ruling party that they are still breathing and there is hope for turnaround. That hope is almost crystallizing into formidable reality and we wait with patient expectations, believing that this coalescence of seeming regional parties would survive the frictions associated with strange bedfellows and fused into pragmatic and proactive opposition.

    We in Nigeria are not interested in opposition that cannot make the difference in Nigeria socially, economically, political. We are looking for opposition that will make the government of the day to stand on its feet all the time. We are looking for opposition that will set in to fill the vacuum of governance. We need opposition that are truly government in waiting. But can APC meet this billing? Only time will time. In the meantime Nigeria is watching and waiting to see…….

  • deri

    An opposition party made up of the 3 major regional groups in 9ja can never work-9ja does not belong to the Ibos, Fulanis and Yorubas-tribalism abi/? Just bring them out period! where are the Middle Belters, Akwa Ibomites, Bayelsans, Deltans as well as those from Cross Rivers state? Its the same Fualni attempt to usurp power-the same way they killed Abioal and denied Gani the chance to rule us! The best we can do is to split- The Yourbas can align with the Islamiic republic of Katsina state-if they so wish-while we control our oil-resources

    • Austenn

      They are not serious. It is even more glaring that this is just an Hausa/Yoruba association. This kite wont fly.

      • Dan maikoko

        I believe you. But the worst kite of all is the Ijaw kite because a party based on what the president call “my people” will never win in the west and the north. No party has ever produced a president (or prime minister) if it does not capture the west and the north. As for the owners of the oil, come 2015 we will see who really owns the oil in Bayelsa.

    • Sadiq Garba

      Who are these middle belters?
      When you talk of south -south, where does Tom Ikimi come from?

  • greenlight774

    @disqus_wkqKyOG8It:disqus are u happy with the condition of the country for 14 years under criminal pdp. change is the only thing that can move the country forward. keep deceiving ur self. how can u get better if u don’t change. we have tried pdp for 14years and the result is total failure. is time to change and if they fail like pdp so be it.

    • deri


      • Ayo Kellany

        @disqus_wkqKyOG8It:disqus people like you amazes me, so bcos Nigeria as been in the doldrums for 53 years we should continue and be happy with it. You need to grow up and realize people do not argue for argument sake. You argue for better reasoning please make use of that in your daily life.


    National chairman -Muslim

    Deputy Nat chairman -Muslim

    Secretary -Muslim

    Deputy Sec Muslim
    Muslim- Party

    • Efe1

      My i cant see how you are allowed to live among we human! You are so wasted I dont think you should be allowed to hold a view.

      • deri

        in the same society that u claim amaechi is being gagged and that u should be allowed the freedom to insult my president as a member of the human family

    • deri

      God bless u ojare–buhari and tinubu yearns to create an Islamic republic for Nigeria that is their objective and some Nigerians are falling for them

      • Sadiq Garba

        Are you saying that GEJ and his adapted father have failed to create a christian republic?

        • Ayo Kellany

          Thank you for pointing that out. A fool would always be foolish that is what the like of deri n OLADEE as to offer Nigeria.

      • bb

        dety or what ever u call urself, u must b a ****, u are kind of people that dont think @ all, u only do what u are ask to do, u must b a very doll person.

    • Dominic’s

      Mr Ola or ole u call urself pls stop being stupid, can u remember Abiola n Kingibe Moslem Moslem ticket of June 12, 1993, wat happened?

    • bb

      u must b a senseless bigot, n probably a southern or whereever u come from Boko Haram, u need to be arreseted>mumu

  • Dominic’s

    Many people in dis Country r learned illiterate, so there is no point commenting on an issue of middle belt n south south marginization at an interim arrangement

    • Sadiq Garba

      which one is middle-belt?
      Is Nassarawa not part of it?

  • emmanuel

    Deri nor mind them jare. I have suddenly changed my mind about this nation.

    Listen to this Railway, IBB, OBJ, Abacha, UMYA embezzled billions of dollars on our railways which they killed. GEJ spent little and got it running again. One can drive to Warri in less than 5 hours, same for all the major highways in Nigeria.

    The Airports are taking shape, Civil service too. Agriculture and fertilizer scams curbed. PHCN privatisation taking shape.

    Waiting for National assembly on PIB. FOI passed into law. Great improvement in INEC.

    Great strides in rule of law adherence by government. Petroleum susbsidy theft which started in the dieing days of UMYA has been curbed, NGF (the group that frustrates anything not in their favour) is technically being disbanded.

    Shall we turn around to hand our nation to Islamists? God forbid.
    GEJ please increase your performance speed between now and PDP primaries next year and your election is sealed. God bless your efforts.

    They know and we know that Lagos votes which is 80% of the SW is 50:50, so you have 3 block votes plus SW 50%, we (i am not PDP member) shall overcome the Islamists. This is not Egypt, Lbya or morrocco

  • sholly

    @Deri. How can u manage wealth without brain?read d story of d prodigal son in the bible

  • GALO

    We all rejected Gani, Pat Utomi, Chris Okotie, Dele Momodu, Odumegwu Ojukwu. All great men. We are always afraid of change from our own bowels. Sure if President Jonathan had contested before coming up by providence many of us here including we his brother from SS wont vote for him. The reasons you will hear from the mouth of Nigerians why then Governor Jonathan cannot rule a country like Nigeria will be emphatic. After all when Prof Pat Utomi contested how many of us voted for him. It was name calling and excuses. When Gani contested, name calling and excuses. When Ojukwu contested, name calling and excuses. When Pastor Chris Okotie contested , name calling and excuses. We are so scared when it comes to change. We said opposition parties will not agree on merger. They agreed. We said they will not agree on name. They agreed. We said they will not agree on symbol, they agreed. We said they will finally collapse on sharing positions, rather it seems they are agreeing. Haba lets support them. Parties would evolve and go through transformations, we can only test the strength of a political party and the consistency of our democratic experience when a ruling party leaves government and is able to bounce back like witnessed in SW. China practices the worst draconian political system of government but over the years it has been reforming itself though a one party system. Even when such change wont materialize now, lets still see good in forming of the APC. This is not the time for ” the devil I know is better than the angel i don’t know, because that devil u now know was once an angel you didn’t know yesterday. GOOD IS GOOD, BAD IS BAD.

  • Al-isah

    a recommendable effort may GOD see thru. Ameen!