Oshiomole, Lalong, Ameachi Make Tinubu’s 422-Man Presidential Campaign Council • Nominees To Pick Appointment Letter On Monday
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, has released his presidential campaign council list after weeks of dread and repeated delays, but numerous prominent party chieftains were absent.
Political heavyweights like APC governors, ministers, lawmakers, ambassadors, and current and former public office holders are among the 422-man list’s names.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, maintained his position as Director-General in the most recent list released by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Faleke, in Abuja on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Adams Oshiomhole became Deputy Director-General (Operations), and Director of Media and Publicity is Bayo Onanuga
However, there are shocking omission of party stalwarts, many of whom have been at loggerheads or engaged in cold war with Tinubu over his preference for the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
They include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and one of Tinubu’s sweat merchant, Adebayo Shittu, who heads one of his biggest support groups — Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance.
While the camp of Osinbajo had distanced itself from the former Lagos governor after his emergence as winner of the APC presidential ticket, the duo of Dogara and Lawal had remained a perennial thorn in Tinubu’s flesh for selecting ex-Borno Governor Senator Kashim Shettima, a fellow Muslim, as running mate.
The inclusion of former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who have been indicted of alleged anti-party activities in the last month has come as a surprise.
While Amaechi had subtly accused Tinubu of financially inducing delegates for votes at the last Convention, Aregbesola was believed to have worked for the victory of the governor-elect of Osun State , Ademola Adeleke, at the expense of the incumbent and fellow party member, Adegboyega Oyetola.
Faleke’s statement on Friday read, “We are pleased to announce the nominees of the leadership of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, as per enclosed. All nominees are kindly advised to pick their appointment letters from the undersigned on Monday, 26th September, 2022 at 12noon.