‘Not do-or-die’ – Buhari’s minister, Akume speaks on race for APC National chairmanship

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Senator George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs has said the race for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chairmanship should not be seen as a do or die affair by contenders.

Akume spoke on Thursday in Abuja when he received the Middlebelt Youth Vanguard members who paid him a courtesy visit.

The former governor of Benue State said his primary concern was for the position to be zoned to the North-Central, NAN reports.

According to Akume: “We are still going on with our state congresses; after that, it will be the National Convention. Our prayer is that let this position be zoned to the North-Central.

“I have not declared, but after appropriate consultations and the zoning, we will do the needful. When that occasion arises, I will be depending on you. Whoever gets your support is close to getting the victory.

“Also in our zone, we are all committed that whoever emerges will get the support of all of us. It is not a do-or-die affair.”

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was committed to youth development as demonstrated in the signing of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act.

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He said this is also demonstrated in other youth-focused programmes being implemented by the administration.

“No nation toils with the destiny of its youths,” Akume said.

The minister said the administration was committed to the development of the country through infrastructure especially road and rail projects.

He noted that in spite of obvious challenges, the country has done well under the Buhari-led administration, saying that what was needed was the support of Nigerians for it to do more.

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