The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress is set to ratify the emergence of former Kano Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and Senator Ajibola Basiru as the next Chairman and National Secretary of the party, sources have confirmed.
The duo will replace Abdullahi Adamu and Iyiola Omisore who both last week resigned their positions in the party following damning allegations of non-transparent management of funds among other infractions.
The choice of Ganduje and Basiru is said to have been endorsed by the governors of the party and the NEC will formally ratify at a meeting set to hold soon at a date picked by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The party’s National Working Committee is in agreement with NEC over the emergence of Ganduje and Basiru and they want it to happen quickly to ensure smooth continuity in the leadership of the party’s affairs.
Governors, national caucus and other party leaders have already met with Ganduje and Basiru and have embraced their succession of the departing leaders.
Although the two nominees are expected to be ratified by the national convention, the APC constitution has vested the NEC with the power to act in lieu of the convention in an emergency.
While Ganduje led Kano for two terms as governor after previously serving as deputy to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Senator Ajibola Basiru holds a doctorate degree in law and served as Commissioner for Special Duties and later Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice in Osun State.
He was a member of the 9th Senate where he represented Osun Central District and served as the Senate’s spokesman.