The Adamawa State governor, Jibrilla Bindow, and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state have nominated Mustapha Salihu to replace Babachir Lawal, on the National Working Committee of the party.
Mr Babachir, who was recently suspended as the Secretary to the Government of Federation, was the APC’s National Vice Chairman (North East) until his appointment as SGF by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015.
The appointment made his NWC position vacant.
However, in a letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, the Adamawa APC chapter of the party forwarded the name of Mr Salihu to take over the position pending ratification by a convention of the party.
The letter was jointly signed by the Adamawa state governor, Bindow Jibrilla, the state chairman, Ibrahim Bilal and the secretary, Sa’idu Naira.
Part of the letter reads: “Your Excellency, the party Exco, the working committee has met with His Excellency Executive Governor of our State (Adamawa), in line with Article 17 (iv) of the party constitution as amended, we hereby nominate Alhaji Mustapha Salihu as Egr Babachir David Lawal’s replacement as National Vice Chairman North East zone pending ratification at the mini convention.”
Justifying its choice of Mr Salihu, the party leadership wrote: “Our careful research and ananlysis revealed that Comrade Mustapha Salihu has tremendously supported and contributed to APC in this zone, hence his nomination”.
The decision of the Adamawa APC has also been endorsed by leadership of the party in the remaining five states in the zone, namely Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba.