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General News of Wednesday, 30 August 2023


Governorship election: APC makes U-turn, says Wike not part of Campaign Council lists for Imo, Bayelsa, Kogi

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has distanced itself from a viral national campaign council list for the November 11, 2023 governorship elections for Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi States.

The list that has gone viral was debunked by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Felix Morka made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Morak stressed that the list didn't originate from the party and must be disregarded.

He said, “The attention of the APC has been drawn to a national campaign council lists for the November 11, governorship elections in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States in circulation in sections of the media.

“The lists are not official documents of the party and should be disregarded.”

Recall that a list that contained names of party stalwarts that will lead the off-cycle elections slated for November 11 went viral on social media.

In a post on platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Muhammad Argungu, the APC’s organising secretary, said Abdullahi Ganduje, national chairman of the party, approved the constitution of the campaign councils in consultation with the national working committee (NWC).

According to the list, Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, will lead the party’s campaign council for the Kogi governorship.

Inuwa Yahaya, governor of Gombe, will spearhead the campaign council in Bayelsa while Bassey Otu, governor of Cross River, will be in charge of Imo.

The Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo campaign councils have 135, 124, and 138 members, respectively.

Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mohammed Bago, and Uba Sani are members of the Kogi campaign council.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio and George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF); and Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian affairs; are members of the Bayelsa campaign council.