Aliko Dangote at the U.S. Africa Business Forum in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and controversial oil magnate, Femi Otedola, have been named as members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign council.

Dangote and Otedola were appointed as members of the “special advisory committee” to President Buhari, the President’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

In a follow up statement, Adesina said Dangote was not a member of the campaign council but failed to clarify what his role would be and why his name appeared in his first statement with those who would be advising Mr Buhari for re-election.

“It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head ADVISORY MEMBERS in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018.

“Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC. He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in a partisan campaign council,” Adesina said.

President Buhari’s spokesman said Mr Buhari himself would be the chairman of the campaign council while Lagos politician Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be the co-chairman.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the ruling APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, would be deputy chairmen respectively.

Read full statement by Femi Adesina

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has released the names ofmembers of its Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 elections. They are as follows:

CHAIRMAN

President Muhammadu Buhari

CO-CHAIRMAN

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

DEPUTY CHAIRMEN

1.   The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

2.   The APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

VICE CHAIRMAN NORTH

Senator George Akume

VICE CHAIRMAN SOUTH

Senator Ken Nnamani

DIRECTOR GENERAL

His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (OPERATIONS)

Senator A.O. Mamora

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (COORDINATION)

Arch. Waziri Bulama

SECRETARY

1.   Adamu Adamu

2.   Dele Alake

ZONAL DIRECTORS

a.   North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko

b.  North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume

c.    North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu

d.  South West: Sola Oke, SAN

e.   South East: Sharon Ikeazor

f.     South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio

DIRECTORATES

a.            Director,  Buhari Support Groups – Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed

b.           Director,  Strategic Communications – Festus Keyamo, SAN

a.    Deputy Director- Abike Dabiri- Erewa

c.            Director, Contact & Mobilization –  Hadiza Bala Usman

a.    Deputy Director South -Victor Eboigre

b.   Deputy Director North- Senator Bashir Nalado

d.           Director, Election Planning & Monitoring – Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

a.    Deputy Director I-  Baba Kura Abba Jato

b.   Deputy Director II-Chief Emani Ayiri

e.            Director, Logistics – Dr. Pius Odubu

a.    Deputy Director- Senator Umanah Umanah

b.   Deputy Director II- Nasiru Danu

f.              Director, Policy Research & Strategy- Prof Abdulrahman  Oba

a.    Deputy Director- Prof. A.K. Usman

g.            Director, Youth Mobilization- Hon. Tony Nwoye assisted by the APC Youth Leader  sadiq

a.    Deputy Director North- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed

b.   Deputy Director South –  Jasper Azuatalam

h.           Director, Admin- Onari Brown

a.    Deputy Director I- Chris Hassan

b.   Deputy Director II- Abubakar Magaji Gasau

i.              Director,  Women Mobilization- Woman Leader Salamatu Baiwa

a.    Deputy Director North – Binta Mu’azu

b.   Deputy Director South – Adejoke Orelope Adefulire

j.               Director Security – Gen. A. . Dambazzau

a.    Deputy Directors – Brigadier General Gambo and Mr. U. Ukoma

k.           Director Legal – Emeka Ngige, SAN

a.    Deputy Director- Prof. Maman Lawan Yusufari

l.              Director Field Opertaions- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

M.   Director Finance- Wale Edun

        Deputy Director ….Alhaji Adamu Fadan

Senator M. Ohiare       – Deputy Director (Field Operations)

SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MR. PRESIDENT

1.   Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

2.   Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

3.   Senator Ahmed Lawan (Senate Leader)

4.   Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila( Leader of the House )

5.   APC Party National Chairman  Comrade Adams Oshiomole

6.   Alhaji  Aliko Dangote.

7.   Mr. Femi Otedola

COUNCIL MEMBERS

1.   Chief Bisi Akande

2.   Chief John Oyegun

3.   Senator Ita Enang

4.   All APC serving Senators

5.   All APC serving and former Governors

6.   All APC Members of the House of Representatives

7.   All members of the National Working Committee of the APC

8.   All Zonal Women Leaders

STATE COORDINATORS

1. Governors are to serve as State Coordinators in their respective states

2. Gubernatorial Candidates in non- APC States will serve as State Coordinators in their respective states

Released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. December 28, 2018.

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