The All Progressive Congress (APC) has said that Africa richest man, Aliko Dangote, is not part of the Presidential Campaign Committee. This is as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called the naming of Dangote as an act of desperation.
Dangote’s name had appeared as one of the members of the PCC list released by APC on Friday. Read detail here: APC Announces Presidential Campaign Council, See Full List
Speaking on it, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesmen, Femi Adesina, noted that Dangote is not a card carrying member of APC, thus, cannot be a member of PCC.
“It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head ADVISORY MEMBERS in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018.
“Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC. He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in a partisan campaign council,” Adesina said.
Reacting, Atiku questioned the motive for the inclusion of two billionaire businessmen, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council. He described the move as an act of desperation on the part of the president and the APC.
Atiku, who spoke through one of the PDP Presidential Campaign image makers, Kassim Afegbua, said as businessmen, the President ought to have included the duo in his economic management team to avail him their wealth of knowledge on how to create jobs, adding that listing them as campaign members shows that President Buhari is out to blackmail the successful entrepreneurs.
He said: “These people are businessmen, not politicians. These are the kind of people Nigerians expect to see in the economic management team because of what they have done for this country.
“He (Buhari) is simply out to blackmail them because by the time they fund his campaign, he will turn around and call them corrupt businessmen.
“Nigerians can now see for themselves what we have been talking about all this while and we call on them to vote out this grossly incompetent administration, whose stock in trade is blackmail of perceived enemies.”
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