2023: APC unveils Lalong as presidential campaign DG, Keyamo as spokesperson
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday unveiled Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum as the Director General of the party’s presidential campaign organisation.
The National Chairman, who led the presidential candidate of the party Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja, made the announcement at a briefing. He equally unveiled the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo as the interim spokesperson of the Campaign Organisation. Barr Hanatu Musa Musa was named the deputy spokesperson.
According to him, the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram. On the single faith ticket, the APC Chairman appealed to APC members to be patient and watch how the party develops. He noted that the party is sensitive to the concerns of Nigerians and assured that amicable solutions to the various sentiments would be worked out before the commencement of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Governor Lalong stated that he was surprised when he heard the announcement, promising to work along the established structure of the party.
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U.S. mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos
The U.S. mission has welcomed Mr Will Stevens as the new Consul General at the Consulate General in Lagos.
The mission, in a statement, said Stevens arrived in Lagos on Friday, July 29, following consultations in Washington, D.C..
The mission said Stevens had served over 19 years in the U.S. Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer with overseas experience in South Africa, Russia, Turkmenistan, Israel, and Belarus.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Stevens succeeds Claire Pierangelo, who led the consulate from August 2019 to April 2022.
The mission quoted the new consul general to have said that he and his family looked forward to “getting to know Nigeria first-hand – exploring the region, experiencing the culture, and most importantly, meeting the people”.
NAN also reports that Stevens is the senior U.S. government representative to the Nigerian people throughout the 17 states in the southern part of the country.
He will be responsible for leading and overseeing U.S. government activities that enhance trade and investment relations and bilateral people-to-people ties across the region.
Before arriving in Nigeria, Stevens served as the Acting Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa, where he directed the U.S. government’s engagement in South Africa’s three cape provinces.
Under his leadership, US-South Africa’s trade and investment expanded by 50 percent over two years, and he coordinated the U.S. government’s response to COVID-19 in the Cape.
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