40-man committee to prepare Tinubu’s manifesto
The Asiwaju Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation on Thursday says it plans to unveil a 40-man think tank committee that will formulate the expectations of Nigerians when the former national leader of the All Progressives Congress wins the 2023 general election.
The committee, expected to be inaugurated on Wednesday, will be chaired by former governor of Edo State and two-term senator, Oserheimen Osunbor.
The development was revealed by ATPCO Director-General, Adebayo Shittu, during an exclusive telephone interview with The PUNCH.
Shittu told our correspondent that while they are eagerly waiting till September to kick off the campaign of the APC presidential candidate, the organisation has concluded arrangements to swear-in members of a think tank committee to capture the moods of Nigerians, brainstorm and come up with a rebirth manifesto for his principal.
He said, “We as an organisation are planning to inaugurate a think-tank group that will help formulate expectations of Nigerians from Tinubu’s presidency.
“That team will be inaugurated on Wednesday, all things being equal. The team will interview Nigerians, brainstorm and come up with what could best be regarded as a rebirth manifesto for Tinubu.”
When asked if the think tank is an after-thought following the controversy surrounding the Muslim-Muslim ticket, the former Minister of Communications reiterated that the project has been in place long before now.
“No, we already have the project on the ground with about 40 people members. Former governor of Edo State and two-term senator, Oserheimen Osunbor, will chair the group. There are also two vice-chancellors, a retired general and other professionals in the committee,” he stated.
When asked if the think tank comprises APC members or independent personalities, an indifferent Shittu said nothing prevents them from being party members if they want to.
He said, “Anybody intelligent enough will understand the feelings of Nigerians after they interview people. It is not rocket science. We want them to capture these moods together for our principal.”