Some party stakeholders under the aegis of APC Integrity Group have called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to consider a technocrat as the party’s vice presidential candidate.
The group stated this on Sunday in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by its coordinator, Malam Dawu Mohammed, and secretary, Comrade Chinsom Nwakanma.
It said the 2023 election would be keenly contested and the ruling party would do itself good in presenting candidates that would appeal to the people.
Accordingly, the group implored APC chieftains to consider a technocrat like Dr. Ibrahim Bello Dauda, who is a party man but have not held political position except strategizing for the party as a running mate for the Presidential candidate.
The statement noted: “The APC Presidential candidate and running mate must be equipped with the knowledge of global economy to be able to catch the fancy of the Nigeria electorate, especially the youths. When one listens to the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi he has a message that appeal to the youths and other Nigerians.
“To square up with such a candidate, the APC must consider a running mate whose focus of governance must be that which would be desired by the Nigerians. The election of 2023 would be totally different from 2015 and 2019. This would be an election which issue of how to revamp the economy would be on the front burner.
“The APC Integrity Group, therefore believes that a party man like Dr. Dauda can rise to such responsibilities. Dr. Dauda, an Accountant, is experienced in business consulting, financial management, project management and public and corporate administration.”
The Integrity Group further noted that among all the aspiring running mates, only Dauda has the calmness that would benefit the APC in the campaign and in office.
It said that beyond professionalism, Dauda is a young person between the age bracket of 50-55; a member of one of the legacy parties, Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) and a confidant of President Buhari.
The Integrity Group added that another legacy that President Buhari should bequeath to Nigerians is a strong and erudite leadership that would take the country to the next level.
APC Integrity Group is made of members of the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), Action Congress (AC), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).