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Omisore reveals strategic maneuvering in APC’s 2022 presidential primary

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Two years after the high-stakes June 2022 presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that saw ex-Lagos governor Bola Tinubu emerge as the party’s flagbearer, elsewhere National Secretary of the APC, Iyiola Omisore has shed light on his pivotal role in securing the nomination for a South-Westerner.

Speaking on Channels Television’s socio-political program, Inside Sources with Laolu Akande, Omisore detailed his strategic efforts to deliver the APC presidential ticket to the South-West.

He revealed that despite internal opposition, including from the then APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, who favored a Northern candidate, he remained steadfast in his mission.

“In politics, everybody has their own mindset; we came from different geopolitical zones to the NWC (National Working Committee) at that time, representing differing interests,” Omisore explained.

“I was the most senior member of the party in the South-West, and my mandate was to deliver the South-West for the Presidency.”

Omisore recounted how he navigated the complex political landscape, emphasizing the transparent and democratic nature of the APC primary.

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“We voted; everybody had a choice, and it was transparent. And the moment there is a transparent primary, there won’t be any noise; it is only when people feel cheated that they go to court,” he stated.

Despite Adamu’s backing of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the party’s “consensus candidate,” Omisore and other party members facilitated a process that allowed for a democratic outcome. The result was Tinubu’s victory over notable contenders such as Lawan, ex-Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi, and former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Reflecting on the political maneuvering, Omisore remarked, “The way and manner in which I did my journey is between me and God. I can’t castigate anybody who tried to be smart, but if you want to be smart and I outsmarted you, to God be the glory.”

Following Tinubu’s eventual triumph in the February 2023 general election against opposition figures like Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), the APC faced further internal changes.

In July 2023, two months after Tinubu’s inauguration, both Adamu and Omisore resigned from their positions as National Chairman and Secretary, respectively, under controversial circumstances.

This paved the way for a new NWC, led by ex-Kano governor Abdullahi Ganduje as National Chairman and former Senate spokesman Ajibola Bashiru as National Secretary.

Omisore concluded by noting that the party has since moved on to focus on consolidating democratic gains for the benefit of Nigerians, leaving the political intricacies of the 2022 primary in the past.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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