Buhari’s preferred candidate Abdullahi Adamu emerges APC national chairman

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) on Saturday night emerged the new national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national convention.

The former governor of Nasarawa emerged as the consensus candidate of the party after six other aspirants stepped down.

Some 7,584 delegates gathered to decide the national working committee of the party.

Senator Iyiola Omisore from Osun State emerged as the new national secretary. Suleiman Argungu from Kebbi State is the new national organising secretary while Felix Morka is the party’s new national publicity secretary.

Prior to the commencement of the convention, former governor George Akume on Saturday revealed that six of the APC chairmanship aspirants had withdrawn from the race.

Akume, who is presently the minister of special duties, was a frontrunner in the chairmanship race before the endorsement of Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Akume made the revelation in a letter addressed to the APC election sub-committee.

Adamu was therefore declared winner at the convention after a voice vote in which the ‘ayes’ had it.

The convention was attended by President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Others were Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; governors, and presidential aspirant Bola Tinubu.

Adamu was governor of Nasarawa State from 1999 to 2007. He has been in the Senate since 2011. He joined politics in 1977 and was called to bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in December 1993.