people jostling for the APC national chairmanship job.
A former Director of The Buhari Organisation (TBO), Malam Ballah
Usman, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday.
Usman was speaking at the inauguration of the national leadership of
the Grassroots for Saliu Mustapha Campaign Headquarters.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mustapha has been a top
contender among APC stalwarts jostling to clinch the chairmanship
position of the ruling party.
“It is only Saliu Mustapha that does not have any integrity issue,’’
Usman said, describing Mustapha as coming to the contest with a clean
slate unlike the other contestants.
“If it was up to President Muhammadu Buhari to make a pick among those
jostling for the APC National Chairman, he would pick Mustapha.’’
Usman said that Mustapha was a former National Deputy Chairman of the
defunct Congress for Progressives Change and a member of the APC
Presidential Campaign Councils in 2015 and 2019.
“The president would always consider integrity, agility and loyalty in
making his pick and of all the contestants, only Mustapha ticked
“Mustapha is not only one of the first generation Buharists, he also
comes to the table of the contest with a clean slate.
“He is unlike other contestants, who have had running battles with
“It is only Saliu Mustapha that does not have integrity baggage. He is
a successful businessman and a consummate politician.’’
Usman said that other contestants had one or two integrity issues
around their necks, adding that the development makes them unsuitable
for a position as sensitive as the party’s national chairman.
“Mustapha is young, agile, smart and calculative. He is a bridge
between the generations of the young and the old.’’
According to the former TBO director, Mustapha comes into the contest
with adequate experience in party administration. He will do things
differently to the admiration of all.
Usman pleaded with state coordinators of the Mustapha Support Group
not to relent in their efforts, saying that they should double their
efforts at canvassing for Mustapha.
He told the support group to ignore insinuations that a particular
candidate had been endorsed by Buhari, describing the insinuation “as
outright falsehood that should be ignored’’.
Meanwhile, Usman has inaugurated a five-member steering committee to
aggregate and coordinate activities of various support groups of the
Mustapha campaign project across the country.
The committee is led by Mr Olayiwola Suleiman from Kwara with Ishiaq
Adamu from Sokoto State as Publicity Secretary, while Yusuf Muideen
serves as Secretary. (NAN)