A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has advised candidates seeking to contest the National Chairmanship of the party to without wasting time, surrender themselves to anti-graft agencies for scrutiny.
Mumuni, who is a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, urged candidates willing to be National Chairman of the party to surrender themselves to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for profiling.
He said that this is necessary in order for Nigerians and the party to know their worth.
The Gazelle News.com correspondent gathered that no fewer than eight candidates have indicated interest to be the National Chairman of the party at the convention of the party slated to take place in October this year.
But, Mumuni in a statement by his Media Aide, Rasheed Abubakar on Tuesday, 22 June, 2021 said that without any sentiment, all the aspirants should surrender themselves to the ICPC or EFCC for profiling for Nigerians and the party to know their substance.
Mumuni who contested the gubernatorial election on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in 2011 in Lagos State insisted that APC does not need a chairman of zero substance this time around or an imposed chairman under some ancient godfather as it was done in the past.
He maintained that the party needs a patriotic and devoted party member like Senator Sani Mohammed Musa as its National Chairman.
Mumuni, while speaking further, urged members and other stakeholders of the party to vote Musa, a first-time Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District at the 9th Assembly, as chairman of the party.
He described Musa as the best man for the job among the eight aspirants who have declared their intention to run for the top APC office.
Mumuni described Musa as a thoroughbred politician cum business, oriented fellow that has the credentials to pilot the affairs of the party.
He said, “Without prejudice, all of those aspirants should surrender themselves to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for profiling for Nigerians or our dear party, APC to know their substance.
“Our great party, the APC does not need a Chairman of zero substance this time around or an imposed chairman under some ancient godfather as we did experience in the previous epochs. Patriotic and devoted party members have declared their intention, but the most qualified in my personal opinion is Senator Musa.
“His belief in due process will further strengthen the party’s structure and give hope to some aggrieved members who had issues with the party in the past. He is a detribalised Nigerian who can unite the party members across the different geopolitical zones.
“Musa is as a thoroughbred politician cum business, oriented fellow that has the credentials to pilot the affairs of the party.
“Musa that I know is a business-oriented Nigerian that is conversant with our political terrain. He is a man with identifiable income before political office and highly respected across the length and breadth of the country, with a sound academic background.
“He is a person that can pilot the affairs of the party and aggregate the various interests of the APC while accommodating both the youths and elders with substance.”