One of the chairmanship aspirants left in the race, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, said yesterday that if he won the election, the party, under him, would not beg anyone for money to run its affairs.
He said that the APC with a membership strength of 43 million should have no problem raising funds.
He spoke at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms.
Musa, who currently represents Niger East in the Senate, said he was looking forward to the convention which he said would usher in a new beginning and transitional change in the APC.
He said the party required a leadership that would “bring direction and build consensus between all dividing organs.”
He said: “The executive governors are there to support the party and the party is there to work with the governors.
“We want to see a party that will become an institution in Africa.
“APC is the largest party and all we need to do is to put the structure in place. That is, the political parties need to be very strong.
“We have a democracy in this country that has a very strong foundation, but what we are lacking is the leadership that will be able to transform our party structure to what it should be: a platform to groom leaders. That is what I’m bringing new to APC.
“And APC will not be dependent on anybody to fund it. With 43 million members, we have no business going cap in hand to beg anybody for money. That is what I’m bringing to APC.”
On the purported endorsement of Senator Abdullahi Adamu by President Muhammadu Buhari, Musa wondered why the party sold forms to other people if it had someone already lined up for the job.
“You sold forms to us. And as far as I’m concerned, there’s never been anybody that officially contacted me or any other aspirants. Nobody! And the spokesperson to Mr. President, Femi Adesina, had said that there was no endorsement,” he said.
“The endorsement I want is your endorsement. I want the endorsement of 43 million APC members. That is what I need.