On Friday, June 3, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Selection Committee, chaired by the party’s former National Chairman and former Edo State Governor, John Odigie-Oyegun, delivered its report.
Odigie-Oyegun announced during the presentation of the report that 13 contenders were cleared while the remaining 10 were disqualified.
In his remarks, APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the report will be considered by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Here is the text of the speech delivered by the chairman of the selection committee, Odigie-Oyegun, as posted on Facebook by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political issues.
“It is a pleasure for us to be here with you today to present our reports. I will be very brief.
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“Having been a tenant in this building before, Mr. President, I walked in, I thought I was in the wrong premises. I mean you’ve done something less than a miracle in this building. And I can put on correctly now that I am at the secretariat of the ruling party.
“I thank you for the mission that you have entrusted to us in a huge way and for the little time that has been granted to us. I know the environment on which you have taken over. And therefore, we are quite happy to doing everything we could to make the party lighter work.
“We had the privilege of being inaugurated by you. Precisely on May 30 and we immediately started working the same day after a brief meeting. I will just summarize the essentials.
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“First, we had 23 aspiring members that we interacted with. And my first comment is that we were very idle. It was 23 who came forward. We had many more, prominent Nigerians both at inside and outside the country who had applied but for whatever reason, could not follow up on their applications.
“What I want to emphasize is the quality of the people who want to govern this country.
“The second point I want to emphasize is that we were surprised at the active participation of young party members. Some of them really surprised us with what they have achieved in life, their understanding of the situation in this country and why they want to have the privilege of governing this country. What was important is that they believed so much in the country and the party that they were able to pay the sum that some of us considered a prince to participate in the process. And I think the party should congratulate itself for them.
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“Our report is basically simple and short. I don’t want to beat around the bush. There were two aspects.
The basic constitutional qualifications for you to aspire to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was simple and straightforward.
“And based on that, all the aspirants who came forward qualified. Because it was basic and simple. But we are a ruling party. another member of the party.
“So the ability to lead, the background, the experience and your understanding of the Nigerian situation, your ideas of how problems, difficulties and problems can be solved and how the country can move forward have become an essential consideration. It is on this basis who are you, what have you accomplished, your understanding of the nation and the things you can contribute to move the nation forward. It is on this basis that we have made our final list. I’m not listing the names. I think I’ll let it go. We have a shortlist which brought the number down to 13. We could have shortened it a bit. But we wanted a pedigree with an element longer on the surface For them to be seen if they were to be noticed, who knows We hand them over to the party, and it’s up to the party to decide who their preferred candidate will be.
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“It is also an opportunity to showcase the kind of people that exist within the party with their usefulness and type of experience. Let the world know that this is a party that cares about young people and a party when we say young people can aspire, we really mean it and it was highlighted in the report we wrote.
“I will conclude by saying that we have only drawn a word of warning. That there is this divide which makes me gradually become center stage in a national discourse. Like between the north and the south and the presidency and we just want to advise strongly that the party should please think about it in making its decision, address it and let it influence its thoughts because it has its own implications.
“Other than that, just on behalf of the wonderful colleagues you have given me to work with. I want to thank you very much. It was a delicate mission, a challenging but very interesting mission that we all benefited enormously from the party will also benefit.
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“Against all contenders, the issue of consensus and it’s a pleasant surprise that 98-99% agreed that the party is supreme. And that whatever the party eventually decides with proper consultation, they’ll probably accept. had only one exception who said yes he will accept consensus as long as it’s built on him. So I think that’s a point that needs to be emphasized and emphasized. So that gives you a lot of leeway in the coming days and hours to reduce even But, ultimately, we think you shouldn’t be afraid for a contested primary if someone insists on the contest.
“Thank you very much, Mr. President. It is now an honor and a privilege on behalf of the appointed commission to present the report to you.