The All Progressive Congress (APC) included a serving lawmaker of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chimaroke Nnamani, in Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
Mr Nnamani featured as the 350th member of the 422-man list released on Friday night by the APC Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCC) Secretary, James Faleke.
When the website of the national assembly was visited on Saturday, the profile of the 62-year-old lawmaker representing Enugu East senatorial zone at the Nigerian Senate shows he was still a member of the opposition party and has not defected.
While the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, justified the inclusion, saying Mr Tinubu enjoys support beyond the APC and it is not unusual for the “cross-party alignment,” Bayo Onanuga, spokesman of the APCPCC described it as a mistake.
“The presidential campaign is not necessarily about party membership, it is about your support for the candidate. People who believe in the candidate are very free to work for the candidate that they support,” Mr Morka justified. “Our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a candidate that enjoys widespread multi-partisan support. The support for our candidate is not limited to APC members only; he enjoys support from others who know him and who trust in his ability to deliver.”
But in a chat with Vanguard, Mr Onanuga who expressed a divergent view, explaining that the name (Chimaroke Nnamani) was mistaken for another (Ken Nnamani) probably due to the similarities in the surname.
“It is an error. It should be Ken Nnamani,” the national daily quoted him as saying.
But painstakingly looking at the 422-member list indicates Ken Nnamani was already included featuring number 100th therein.