The recent praise singing of the current Minister of Special Duties, Dr. George Akume by many groups means something a bit surreal which might just be unfolding before us ahead of the national convention to elect officials to lead the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially the national chairmanship position.
Led by the Concerned Northern Youths groups (CNYG), several groups in the country are projecting Dr. George Akume as their preferred candidate with the right candour and personality to lead the ruling party to victory in the 2023 general election. This is, indeed, a choice well made.
His choice to replace the outgoing caretaker chairman and present Governor of Yobe state, Mallam Mai Mala Bunu, is seen as having nothing to do with tribalism, ethnicity, religion but something to do with Akume’s ideal, values and leadership altitude which they publicly extolled, projecting him as not only a beloved son of the Northern elites, but Nigerians generally.
Dr. George Akume’s endearing personality has won him many friends which has made him a constant focus of public attention, as well as a rallying point of people of diverse ethnic differences in the country and those disaffected by the government.
There appears to be a paradigm shift in the media narrative and those who we thought had the lead may indeed be struggling to play catch up. There seems to be a perceptible dominant mood ahead of national consensus for George Akume as all fingers steadily point to his direction whenever the chairmanship positions debate props up, either in television screens, on the pages of newspapers or in the sourse of Nigerians day-to-day political discussions.
The latest endorsements by youth groups has now made solid the people’s quest to produce Dr. George Akume as the party’s helmsman.
Akume, who hails from Tarka town, in Tarka local government of Benue state, has proven to be an enormously galvanising figure not only in the ruling APC, but across all the six geo-political zones in the country. Party men, political supports groups, civil society organisations, politicians, governors and political analysts across all divides have all at the same time swung into actions projecting the good image of the candidate that would take over the highest political office in the party which they categorically demanded from delegates that it must be Dr. George Akume.
This group has remain staunch, unperturbed and indefatigable in flying the Akume’s kite despite several plot to demoralise his campaign by cynics who claims another aspirant has been endorsed by the party.
Party members and delegates have come to the conclusion that Akume is God-sent, a gentleman to the core. He is a party man and more than qualified to lead the ruling party forward in its determination to retain power at all levels come 2023 general election and there is no doubt he has the ability and capability to deliver.
An evidence of the believability of the chances of the Minister to win the chairmanship race at the national convention is the timings for this support groups and indeed all party faithful and Nigerians in general.
This has made solid the people’s quest to produce Dr. George Akume as the next occupant of the national chairman seats of the APC.
For continuity of the good values already set by the APC national caretaker chairman led by Governor Mai Mala Bunu and the president himself and if political mentoring is anything to go by, and we think it should, then political mentoring by the president of Dr. George Akume has already made the president to have a scion on Akume’s leadership credentials.
Many see Dr. George Akume as a stabilising figure, saying he has the ability to calm frayed nerves during heated and tensed situation. He has severally distinguished himself as neither pro-north nor pro-south but as a true Nigerian.
If the ruling APC is truly serious about retaining power in 2023 and beyond, it is safe to start looking in the direction of Dr. George Akume as the chairman.
As the national convention draws near, Akume is basking on the support of all Nigerians and indeed the delegates to make victory possible and it is a done deal.
– Musa Wada writes from Abuja.