The presidential campaigns of the All Progressive Congress will begin today, Tuesday, in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The PUNCH reports a heavy security presence in the state capital on Monday, with a long convoy of military vehicles seen patrolling the streets and blaring sirens as some roads were being repaired in preparation for the demonstration.
The state governor, Simon Lalong, in his capacity as the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, on Monday inspected the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jose, where the flag-off of the campaign would take place today.
Speaking at the inspection, the governor stated that already, Jos city and Plateau State were agog, APC loyalists and residents ready to host the chairman and chairman of the PCC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; APC governors; the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and numerous other dignitaries and supporters.
The Local Organizing Committee, led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, and the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Tyoden, said they have worked hard to make the flag campaign a success.
Lalong said: “History is very clear, and God himself is writing this history. Whoever is declared here wins the presidential election. We know Abiola and Obasanjo. Asiwaju is also going the same way because we have been blessed. I am very surprised by the show of hospitality and enthusiasm among citizens who are ready to receive the victory of APC.’
Gbajabiamila cancels the plenary session
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, in an unusual move, adjourned until Wednesday.
The Senate and House meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
On October 12, 2022, the Chamber adjourned the plenary session for four weeks, until November 15, to allow its committees to hold budget defense sessions with government ministries, departments and agencies on the proposals made in the 2023 appropriations bill.
However, the Secretary of the House, Yahaya Danzaria, issued a statement on Thursday, urging the lawmakers to reconvene on Monday.
When the House reconvened on Monday, Gbajabiamila and the secretary swore in the new representative for Bassa/Jos-North Federal District of Plateau State, Muhammad Alkali.
The President read three communications from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to members on the budgets of the Federal Capital Territory and the Niger Delta Development Commission, as well as an executive bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and the 1999 Constitution. Code of Conduct Office and Court Act.
The meeting was adjourned until Wednesday without the members of parliament reaching the agenda items.
Although the House and the Speaker did not give any official information on the adjustment, sources in the house linked it to the APC presidential campaign rally that would begin on Tuesday, where stakeholders and loyalists of the Tinubu candidate were expected to attend. .
However, Gbajabiamila suspended his sitting on Monday due to the row in the chamber.
Several attempts by Majority Whip Mohammed Monguno to call members to order during the nearly hour-long proceedings failed.
Notably, an earlier mild drama played out after Alkali was sworn in.
Alkali, of the Peoples Rescue Party, replaced Musa Agah of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Following Alkali’s swearing-in, Gbajabiamila on Tuesday invited the PRP lawmaker to the ruling APC’s presidential rally in Jos, Plateau State, an invitation that did not go down well with the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu.
“The ruling party is concluding the Plateau State presidential meeting. You are welcome to join us,” the spokesman said.
He added that the PRP presidential candidate, Kola Abiola, and the party secretary, Babatunde Alli, were watching from the gallery, bye.
Elumelu, however, raised a point of order to accuse the president of being political during the House conferences.
Alkali also alleged that Gbajabiamila may feel intimidated.
Before leading the minority leader out of order, the spokesperson said Elumelu was “crying more than grieving” and was a “mess”.