Barring a last-minute change, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will kick-start its nationwide presidential campaign in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The Presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is also set to make a public presentation of his manifesto next week.
Critical organs of the party on Wednesday in Abuja met with Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kassim Shetimma to agree on various issues about the campaign.
Addressing newsmen after the tripartite meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), the Governors of the party and the Presidential Campaign Council, PCC with the presidential candidate, the spokesman for the council, Festus Keyamo (SAN) said that the meeting agreed on the region to commence the campaign.
Aside from the kick-off date left for President Muhammadu Buhari to determine, Keyamo told journalists after the meeting that lasted for over three hours that the venue for the flag-off of the campaign has been agreed upon.
According to the Minister of State, Labour and Productivity, “You know that the structure of our campaign involves a Presidential diary. I have said that our campaign is not going to be like those that they can kick and start like small vehicles. Ours is like manoeuv
A member of the party’s NWC, who was at the meeting however told The Nation in confidence that the choice of Ilorin, Kwara State capital was agreed on for the commencement of the five-month long presidential campaign.
“Just as the council spokesman, Festus Keyamo told the Press on Wednesday, we have agreed on the venue for our campaign kick off. The meeting agreed and approved Ilorin, the Kwara State capital as proposed by the Campaign Council,” the source said.
The source added: “You will recall that our presidential candidate has unveiled his manifesto to the critical stakeholders of the party. The document is ready, but in line with the party’s tradition, the party leadership and Asiwaju will only make the manifesto public after it must have been presented to President Buhari. Asiwaju will make a public presentation of the document before we commence campaign.”
On the final list of the council membership, our source disclosed that the comprehensive list would be make public next week.
According to the source: “The PCC is working round the clock to get all organs of the party involved in the campaign. The final membership list of the council is billed to be released next week. The list is being fine-tuned to take care of all interests. We are coming out with a formidable council.
“You recalled that all organs of the party agreed to work together for Asiwaju and all our candidates at the election. What we are doing now is to get all organs to align with the campaign programmes as we hit the ground for the campaign.”