ABUJA, Nigeria – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, as Chairman, Cross River North Senatorial Campaign Council.
The Borno Central Senator and members of the committee were sworn in on Wednesday at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.
They are Minister of State (Labour) Festus Keyamo, Minister of State (Power) Goddy Jedy Agba, Anthony Ogah Dimo, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa, Joshua Akpan
APC National Women Leader, Stella Oketete is the Secretary.
The council was inaugurated by John Akpanudoehehe, Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.
He said: “It is not often that this Party sets up a National Campaign Council for a Senatorial election. This shows the importance the Party attaches to this election. We already have the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in our bag. Our brother, Hon. Alex Egbona, Ph.D., is serving his people very well
“The importance of having an overwhelming majority in the Senate for our party cannot be overemphasized. This will deepen our in-road as a party into Cross River State. Let me use this opportunity to advise our leaders to leave the 2023 governorship permutations aside, and throw everything into this election.
“The victory can only help the 2023 Project for whoever God chooses, as power, after-all, power belongs to God. You all are tested hands in this business, so I will not tell you how to do it. All we need is a victory but within the ambit of the law.”
In his remarks, Shettima expressed gratitude to the party for finding him and other chieftains worthy for the task.
“We are going to ensure victory for our party in the upcoming election. Although power belongs to God, the committee would ensure that the party emerge victorious in the election”, the lawmaker said.
Shettima, an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, is a veteran of APC committees.
In 2019, he was a member of the high-level National Reconciliation Committee chaired by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
In 2018, the former governor chaired the party’s reconciliation in the six South-West states.
In 2017, he was the Chairman of APC Primary Election Committee for the Anambra governorship election.