The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) will reclaim opposition states, if Sen. Umaru Al-Makura emerges APC National Chairman at the party’s National Convention.
The speaker made this known in Lafia at a news conference organised by a group, “Progressives for Umar Tanko Al-Makura for APC National Chairman”.
Abdullahi noted that Al-Makura in 2011, won the Nasarawa state governorship seat on the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) platform, which was without even a councilorship seat in Nigeria.
The speaker, represented by the House Majority Leader, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, said “It was CPC that produced Sen. Tanko Al-Makura in 2011, a new party then, that had no full structure on ground.
“It was Al-Makura’s CPC that merged with other political parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) and it was the party that won the presidential election in 2015.
“If Sen. Umar Tanko Al-Makura is elected as the National Chairman of APC, the party will take over the whole country in future elections,” he said.
The speaker assured Al-Makura of their support at all times to enable him succeed.
He urged APC members to support the aspiration of Al-Makura to lead the party and to take it to greater height.
The speaker also called on Nigerians to continue to support the APC government at all levels to enable it to succeed.
Earlier, Mr Makpa Malla, the Convener of the group, also appealed to Nigerians to support Al-Makura to become the next chairman of the party.
“We are appealing to the entire leadership structure of our great party ahead of the forthcoming Extra-ordinary National Convention, to consider zoning the office of the national chairman of the party to the North Central Zone.
“This is due to the strategic position which the zone occupies in the political permutation of the country.
“Sen. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is not only a son of Nasarawa, he is also a nationalist and an institution whose legacies and achievements in leadership are worthy of replication on a wider scale.
“It is on this note that a larger platform as ‘National Party Administration’ must be viewed as an apt opportunity for Al-Makura’s gifts and capabilities to be tapped into and experienced for the greater benefit of the APC at all levels, its growth and entrenchment in the country at large.
“We therefore reiterate strongly that an Al-Makura chairmanship of the APC, holds much good for the party’s fortunes come 2023 and going forward,” he said.
The convener also appreciated party stakeholders and other well-wishers for supporting the aspiration of the senator and called for its sustenance untill victory. (NAN)