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 Ganduje, Basiru: A New Dawn At APC, Says UK Chapter

The United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described the emergence of the Chairman of the party, His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and the General Secretary, Senator Ajibola Basiru as a birth of new dawn in the party.

In a brief statement made available to the press in Abuja immediately after the ratification of the duo, APC UK Chapter Publicity Secretary, Hon. Jacob Ogunseye, described the duo as the best among equals with the experience and character that the party needed at a time when all is looking for leadership in the ruling party.

“His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and Sen. Ajibola Basiru represent one of our best; we at the UK chapter are ready to work with them to achieve the best for the party and ensure continued electoral victories.

“The duo’s assumption of the party’s top leadership is a testimony of their character and commitment. We are confident of their abilities and strengths to manage and take our party to greater heights. We wish you a happy tenure, the statement concluded.

Jacob Ogunseye
APC UK Publicity Secretary

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