How Buhari Emerged As Nigeria’s President in 2015, APC Shares Details

Jan 16, 2024 | Uncategorized

  • The APC has showered praises on Bisi Akande as he clocked 85, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024
  • The ruling party in a statement by its national secretary, Barrister Felix Morka, acknowledged Akande’s major role in the APC’s formation and support towards Buhari’s emergence in 2015
  • Akande was a former governor of Osun state and former chairman of the ruling APC journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has shared an important detail about former President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence in 2015.

Buhari, APC, Oyegun, Bisi Akande
Bisi Akande was the founding national chairman of the APC who worked for the party’s progress and Buhari’s emergence in 2015.
Photo credit: Muhammadu Buhari
Source: Facebook

The APC described a former chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, as a veteran grassroots politician who laid the foundation for Buhari’s emergence and the party’s victory in the 2015 general elections.

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APC made this disclosure in a statement issued on Monday, January 15, by its national publicity secretary, Barrister Felix Morka, Daily Trust reported.

This comes on the heels of Akande’s 85th birthday anniversary on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

APC said the former governor of Osun state is a unifier within the party and the party is indebted to him.

The statement reads in part:

“APC owes a debt of gratitude to Chief Akande for his invaluable contribution to the party’s founding and for his leadership that laid the foundation for our massive and historic electoral victory in the 2015 general elections.”

How the APC was formed

Recall that the APC was formed in 2013, and the party appointed Akande as the interim national chairman.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had directed the party to put in place a national executive as part of the registration procedure.

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This subsequently led to the emergence of a substantive national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, at a national convention of the party held at the Eagle Square in June 2014 in Abuja.

Under Oyegun’s watch, Buhari (rtd) was elected president in 2015.

Why the APC was formed, Buhari speaks

In 2019, Buhari reminisced on the process that led to the formation of the mega party APC, which propelled him into power.

Four parties – Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – dissolved into what became APC ahead of the 2015 elections.

Buhari said the four parties merged so as to defeat the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), PM News reported.

Tinubu, Buhari meet in Abuja first time since May 29

Earlier, reported that Buhari is expected to visit Abuja on Tuesday, January 16, the first of its kind since he handed over power on May 29 to his successor, President Bola Tinubu.

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The ex-president will be visiting Nigeria’s capital to grace the launching of the book written in his honour, “Working With Buhari,” written by his former spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

Adesina is a veteran journalist who served as the presidential adviser to the immediate past Nigerian president, alongside Garba Shehu for the eight years of Buhari’s reign.

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Former President Muhammadu Buhari first appointed Didi Esther Walson-Jack as the permanent secretary of service welfare office of the Head Of Service of the Civil Service of the Federation in 2017,

Didi Esther is the wife of the former NBA general secretary and a leading civic educator, Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack.


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