APC: Convention Can’t Hold Before 4th Quarter


It is unsettled that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold its National Convention as early as envisaged.

The party’s Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) failed on Thursday to rollout the timetable for its congresses and announce the date for the much-anticipated convention.

After a three-hour meeting of the CECPC at the party’s Abuja headquarters yesterday, the time table and schedule for congresses from the ward to zonal levels were ratified.

It was however gathered that the meeting did not consider a date for the National Convention.

The CECPC Secretary, Senator John Akpanduoehehe, told reporters that the caretaker committee ratified the time table for the congresses and directed its Director of Organization, Prof Al-Mustspha Ussiju Medaner, to release a detailed time-table.

Akpanduoehehe said: “The Caretaker Committee has considered and ratified the much awaited time table for our Congresses. The Director of Organisation will give you (newsmen) details of the time table and schedule for the congresses.”

A source, who was privy to the meeting said that the Caretaker Committee only concentrated and deliberated on congresses for the wards to the zonal levels.

The source said: “The Caretaker Committee has fixed ward congresses to zonal Congress for between July and end of October. The meeting was silent on the National Convention.

“But from the look of things, the earliest time the National Convention can hold will be towards the end of the year, possibly late November or first week in December.”

Akpanduoehehe recently said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy Prof Yemi Osinbajo, state governors and some critical stakeholders, will determine the date for the National Convention.

The December 8, 2020 National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party while extending the life time of the Caretaker Committee gave the Mai Mala Buni-led Committee till June 30, 2021 to conclude its assignments and conduct a National Convention that will usher in a new National Working Committee (NWC) for the party.

The Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC was dissolved at an emergency NEC meeting on June 25, last year, giving paving the way for the inauguration of a 13-man Caretaker Committee led by the Yobe State governor.

Membership registration appeal panel submits report

Also yesterday, the CECPC received the report of its membership registration and revalidation appeal committee Report.

The panel alerted there are pockets of crisis in Kwara, Imo, Rivers and Ogun states.

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Committee Secretary and the party former Acting National Chairman Victor Giadom, who submitted the report, applauded the APC leadership for embarking on registration and revalidation of membership.

“It was a development that gave members a true sense of belonging,” Giadom said.

He further said that the exercise conferred on APC members the ownership of the party.

“Most of the complaints forwarded to the committee were minor issues however, there is the need to look into the issues raised in Kwara, Ogun, Imo and Rivers states,” Giadom said.

Buni, who commended the committee for executing its duties with passion and commitment, assured that the party will study the report and act in the party’s interest.

He said: The party will consider the recommendations made by the committee and every issue raised based on their merits.

“We all have a responsibility in rebuilding and repositioning this party to remain Nigeria’s leading political party.”

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