Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen former Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as its new National Chairman. The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) elected Ganduje at a meeting today in Abuja.

Former Senate spokesperson Ajibola Basiru was also voted in as the APC’s new National Secretary. They fill vacancies left last month after resignations from the previous leadership.

In his acceptance speech, Ganduje thanked President Tinubu and party leaders for the opportunity to serve. He vowed to uphold internal democracy, pursue a scientific registration of members, and focus on election management during his chairmanship.

Ganduje takes the helm just months before pivotal governorship polls across Nigeria. He promised victory for APC candidates in the upcoming votes. Tinubu and other senior party figures were present for the leadership transition.

The NEC meeting came a day after the APC national caucus session. It solidifies new stewardship for the party following the departure of former Chairman Abdullahi Adamu and Secretary Iyiola Omisore in July.

President Tinubu urged the new NEC to deliver good governance to Nigerians. He touted the 2023 elections under APC as the best in Nigeria’s history.