By Abubakar S. H
There are indications that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the serving governors of All Progressives Congress (APC) may endorsed the immediate past Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as replacement for the erstwhile national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu.
It was learnt that despite pressure on President Tinubu to retain the chairmanship position in the North Central, he may resolved for Ganduje, apparently to pacify the North West zone which had insisted on producing the Senate President of the 10th Assembly.
Though, we learnt that four APC governors, including chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma; his Kwara State counterpart and two others led to meet with Tinubu to discuss on the way forward.
But, we learnt the president was said to have briefed the former Kano governor of the plan to make him APC national chairman, instead of minister.
According to a source, Ganduje was already slated for Ministerial appointment by President, though, asked to nominate someone as his replacement from Kano State.
“The President had listed Ganduje as one of the nominees for ministerial appointment but because of his trust and confidence in the former governor, President Tinubu has to change his mind and asked two governors (Governor Hope Uzodimma and the Kwara state governor) to persuade Ganduje into another assignment.
“The president also asked him (Ganduje) to nominate another person from Kano for the ministerial job. I can confirm to you that four serving governors of APC, including Imo and Kwara governors led the former governor Ganduje to a meeting with the President on Wednesday afternoon. The purpose of that meeting was for President Tinubu to brief Ganduje directly about the new assignment.”
But speaking after a meeting of the APC governors at Imo Goverors Lodge last night, chairman of the PGF, Governor Uzodimma refused to comment on the development.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Uzodimma neither confirmed nor denied that Ganduje had been contacted to become the next national chairman of the party.