By Lanre Oloyede
In what appeared like a damage control measure, the National Working Committee, NWC, of All Progressives Congress, APC, has disowned a letter in circulation in which the national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, allegedly accused party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu of breech of agreement.
A letter purportedly written and signed by Senator Adamu had found its way into the public space in the early hours of Thursday, in which the APC national Chairman accused Mr Tinubu of breaching the agreement he had with the NWC with regards to the composition of the campaign council.
Adamu was reported to have noted that Tinubu singlehandedly tampered with the composition of the council members as earlier agreed upon by the NWC and with the approval of the presidency.
This following the controversy that trailed the release of a 422-member All Presidential Campaign Council last Saturday, which resulted in the party suspending the kickoff of its 2023 campaigns earlier scheduled for Wednesday.
But in a counter statement issued Thursday afternoon by the national publicity secretary, Barr Felix Morka, the NWC stated emphatically that Adamu did not write any letter to Tinubu.
According to Morka, the said letter did not emanate from the national secretariat of the party, stressing that the NWC remains one and united behind the success of the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
Part of Morka’s statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a “DRAFT” letter in circulation purportedly written by His Excellency, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of our great Party, addressed to His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of our great Party, expressing dissatisfaction over the recently released list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
“To be clear, the “DRAFT” letter did not emanate from the Party. An UNSIGNED letter that marks itself as a ‘DRAFT’ cannot and should not be attributed to its purported author.
“The National Chairman of our Party and our Presidential Candidate maintain cordial and effective communication channels, and enjoy full liberty of open and frank conversations on matters of interest to the Party and our Presidential Campaign. As such, an unsigned “DRAFT” letter of the kind in circulation is patently unnecessary and of no qualitative value to engagement between the Party and the PCC.
“We will not be distracted by the wishes and actions of detractors that wait gleefully but in vain for some kind of crisis to erupt between the Party and the PCC.
“We stand united, as a Party, in our resolve and commitment to execute a focused and issue-driven campaign to persuade Nigerians to renew our mandate in next year’s general election.”