The All Progressives Congress (APC) has named Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The party expressed hope that Ameachi, who lost the tussle for the vice-presidential ticket to Prof. Yemi Osibajo, would drive the party’s efforts to win the 2015 presidential election.
In a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the announcement followed the hugely successful convention at which its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, was elected, and the follow-up successful choice of his running mate, Osibajo.
The statement described Amaechi as a man of courage, principle, outstanding reputation, strength of character, decency and love of country.
It also acknowledged his administrative prowess and organisational skills, adding all that combined to fetch him perhaps the most important task in the quest for positive change in Nigeria.
APC thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers towards the success of the convention, the emergence of Buhari as the APC presidential candidate and the choice of Osibajo as his running mate.
While presenting the profile of its vice-presidential candidate, the party said it had lived to its promise to Nigerians to ensure that the choice of its presidential running mate would be made within the context of the best democratic ideals, considering the enormously-positive reactions from the general public to the choice of Osibajo.
‘’With a presidential candidate that has rekindled the hopes of the citizenry and revived their belief in democratic ideals, we believe we must also choose a running mate that will complement the sterling qualities of the presidential candidate. We must confess that the choice was a tough one, considering the array of eminently-qualified and outstanding candidates that we had to choose from.
‘’Yes, we were spoilt for choice but, in the end, we picked as running mate a man whose pedigree, nationally, sub-regionally, regionally and globally, attests to the fact that our party, the APC, is a repository of high quality leadership materials, and that our country, Nigeria, has no shortage of the very best human resources,’’ it said.
APC said whether in the academic, legal or ecclesial world, Osibajo stands much taller than his physical frame, and serves as a good accompaniment to our presidential candidate, himself a man of such rare sterling qualities that have stood the test of time, qualities that are now so sorely lacking in our country’s leadership.
‘’Educated in Nigeria and the UK, Osibajo is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, who has served in many organisations and professional bodies in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the United Nations. He has authored or edited over a dozen publications, has taught and practised law at the highest levels, and has served on the editorial boards of learned publications and non-legal publications, in addition to publishing many articles in learned journals.
‘’Now that we have presented Nigerians with the best possible choices for the exalted positions of president and vice-president, we expect that citizens, who have been yearning for quality leadership, will use their voting power to put Nigeria firmly on the path of greatness.
“A country seeking to be among the greats in the comity of nations cannot afford to have a mediocre leadership,’’ the party said.