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Party Congress: What Everyone Ought To Know About Saliu Mustapha, APC’s Top Choice For National Chairman  (Must Read)

The electoral circle in Nigeria is usually every four years for elective positions as well as political party administration. The All Progressive Congress is currently undergoing its national congress from the ward levels to the National Working Committee of the party.

A party’s responsibility to democratic values will be reflected in its internal organizational structure. For instance, a party’s executive should be encouraged to develop programs that they deem relevant to the party and society at large. Such initiatives should however be consistent with basic party policy.

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Party executives help in no small measure in strengthing its party platforms, streamlines the party’s focus, objectives and opinions on various pertinent issues. Their major mission is to advance their party and get as many members as possible.

Basically, they’re supposed to remain neutral during a primary season, but once the primary is concluded and a candidate emerges they go all out in mobilizing the required resources in winning that particular seat.

The major objectives of a political party are its electoral and political gains, and only an effective party structure can guarantee such through the deployment of the parties’ organizational resources at the local, central and national levels.

There is a contest for the national leadership of the All Progressive Congress and the man who may very well become its new chair would represent an audacious move for a party that wishes to expand its power base ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Here’s what you need to know about the APC national congress and its top choice for the National Chairmanship seat, Mallam Saliu Mustapha.

The ruling APC had previously held its ward congresses on July 31st and LG congresses on September 4th while it fixed October 2nd for its State congress.

It is expected that the National Congress would be fixed for the first week of November taking into consideration the State congress would be held on the 2nd of Oct 2021.

Most political analysts agree that under the present state of things across the federation the APC needs a party chair that would be brave enough to factor in the populace in the running of the affairs of the biggest party in Africa.

While the position of APC chair is popularly known for party administration, it is expected that Mallam Saliu Mustapha would have a heavier hand in politics and strategy.

Party stakeholders insist only a national chairman with a clear vision would be considered.

Mallam Saliu Mustapha hails from Gambari District in the Ilorin East local government area of Kwara State.

He has distinguished himself in business, politics and humanitarian services. He founded the Saliu Mustapha Foundation to serve as a platform for human empowerment and community development.

Mustapha is a former deputy national chairman of CPC. He played a role in the merger of the CPC with other tendencies that gave birth to the APC. He was a signatory to the merger agreement on behalf of the CPC in the coalition.  Before he became the deputy chairman of the CPC, he had served as an Ex-Officio and a foundation NEC member of the party.

He was the National Publicity Secretary of the Progressive Liberation Party (PLP) between 2001 and 2002 under the leadership of Dr Ezekiel Ezeogwu. In 2003, Mustapha and other like-minds formed the Progressive Action Congress (PAC). He was the National Publicity Secretary of the party. He was a member of The Buhari Organisation (TBO) and the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO).

Party respondents rate Mallam Saliu Mustapha high because of his unique attributes of doing things differently. Aside from his high pedigree of integrity, Mallam Saliu Mustapha is noted for his ability to listen to his followers and is seen as a catalyst for change.

With barely 2 months away, APC party members are optimistic that the National Congress would bring back hope, equal opportunities and justice regardless of gender, ethnic background, religion, or any other background.

The likely ascension of Mallam Saliu Mustapha to the leadership of the APC is expected to lead the party into the 2023 general elections. Would Saliu’s candidacy change things for the better?

Let us keep our fingers crossed and see how things gradually unfold as the ruling political party goes into a crucial national congress.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah writes in from Abuja.

Source iReporteronline.

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