By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council and said that the party was sure of victory in the forthcoming general elections.
This came as governors elected on the ticket of the party were absent at the meeting. There were no explanations for the absence of the APC governors, who are state coordinators of the campaign and members of the Council.
Speaking at the maiden meeting of the Council in Abuja, the President, however, warned the members of the Council not to rest even for a moment, appealing to them to dedicate and commit themselves to the task at hand.
“Even though we are confident of winning, I urge you to work as hard as you can so that we can maximize the scale and extent of our victory.
“I urge you to rise to the challenge of the great expectations this party and Nigerians have for you – and the confidence that I personally have in the ability of all of you to deliver.
“Needless to add, your selection was not easy, because in forming this council, the party settled only for the best.
“You are the cream of the party and I assure you that with unity of purpose and effective harmony and communication, there is no political opponent you cannot overcome,’’ Buhari said.
The president disclosed that the agenda for the meeting was to consider and approve the structure and operational modalities of the Presidential Campaign Council.
According to him, the meeting will also deliberate on the terms of reference of the various directorates with the Organogram that will determine how they will relate with each other, and how they they will eventually discharge their responsibilities in the campaign.
“I trust this will ensure a smooth campaign and a resounding victory for our party and its candidates.
While presenting the document containing the proposal on the structure and operational modalities of the council and directorates for the 2019 election to the members, President Buhari urged them to carefully read the documents and make observations designed to improve the party’s performances.
Full List of the Council Members
President Muhammadu Buhari
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
1. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
2. The APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
VICE CHAIRMAN NORTH
Senator George Akume
VICE CHAIRMAN SOUTH
Senator Ken Nnamani
His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (OPERATIONS)
Senator A.O. Mamora
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (COORDINATION)
Arch. Waziri Bulama
1. Adamu Adamu
2. Dele Alake
a. North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko
b. North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume
c. North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu
d. South West: Sola Oke, SAN
e. South East: Sharon Ikeazor
f. South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio
1. Director, Buhari Support Groups – Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed
2. Director, Strategic Communications – Festus Keyamo, SAN
i. Deputy Director- Abike Dabiri- Erewa
3. Director, Contact & Mobilization – Hadiza Bala Usman
i. Deputy Director South -Victor Eboigre
ii. Deputy Director North- Senator Bashir Nalado
4. Director, Election Planning & Monitoring – Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
i. Deputy Director I- Baba Kura Abba Jato
ii. Deputy Director II-Chief Emani Ayiri
5. Director, Logistics – Dr. Pius Odubu
i. Deputy Director- Senator Umanah Umanah
ii. Deputy Director II- Nasiru Danu
6. Director, Policy Research & Strategy- Prof Abdulrahman Oba
i. Deputy Director- Prof. A.K. Usman
7. Director, Youth Mobilization- Hon. Tony Nwoye assisted by the APC Youth Leader sadiq
i. Deputy Director North- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed
ii. Deputy Director South – Jasper Azuatalam
8. Director, Admin- Onari Brown
i. Deputy Director I- Chris Hassan
ii. Deputy Director II- Abubakar Magaji Gasau
9. Director, Women Mobilization- Woman Leader Salamatu Baiwa
i. Deputy Director North – Binta Mu’azu
ii. Deputy Director South – Adejoke Orelope Adefulire
10. Director Security – Gen. A. . Dambazzau
i. Deputy Directors – Brigadier General Gambo and Mr. U. Ukoma
11. Director Legal – Emeka Ngige, SAN
i. Deputy Director- Prof. Maman Lawan Yusufari
12. Director Field Operations- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
13. Director Finance- Wale Edun
i. Deputy Director ….Alhaji Adamu Fadan
1. Chief Bisi Akande
2. Chief John Oyegun
3. Senator Ita Enang
4. All APC serving Senators
5. All APC serving and former Governors
6. All APC Members of the House of Representatives
7. All members of the National Working Committee of the APC
8. All Zonal Women Leaders
All Gubernatorial Candidates (who would serve as Co-ordinators in non-APC States) are also expected to attend.