Convention: More Problems for APC


The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) as a factional caretaker committee has insisted on conducting a parallel national convention on February 26.

To match words with action, the faction has formally written to the Buni-led caretaker committee to vacate the national secretariat of the party.

This was even as lack of consensus among APC Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has resulted in the cancellation of the meeting scheduled to hold yesterday  as reported exclusively by Daily Sun last week.

A source close to the governors forum told Daily Sun that the meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday this week.

Chairman of the factional CECPC, Mustapha Audu, who disclosed the resolve to go ahead with the convention in a chat with Daily Sun, said that the arrangements would be made public by the end of this month.

He said though they have formally written to the Buni-led Caretaker Committee to vacate the secretariat, they would  not attempt to occupy the secretariat forcefully due to the directive given to urchins to stab them if they dared to visit the secretariat.

Asked if they would  go ahead to conduct APC parallel National Convention in February, he replied: “We are absolutely going ahead with the convention and February 26 is sacrosanct. We are going ahead with it because there is no reason for us to suspend the convention. There has been series of meetings between us and the DSS and some of the leaders of the party.

“It is clear that what we did has affected the plans of the Buni-led Caretaker Committee because they were not planning to hold any convention in the first place till July/August this year. They plan to combine the convention with the party primaries for the presidency. There were lots of illegalities going on which has been truncated by our declaration. Our declaration has affected the plans of some of the leaders that don’t have anything good for us,” he noted.

On what happened to the initial threat from the APC Progressives Youth Mandate to occupy the secretariat and audit the Buni-led Caretaker Committee, he said that his faction has not only written them but also commenced the audit process.

“The good thing is that Mr. President is aware of what we are doing. In fact, it was the DSS that arranged the meeting to be held between us and Mr. President because they know that what we are doing is critical to the survival of the party

“It may surprise you to know that the DSS handled us with civility. I could not believe what they said to me. They said so many positive things.” Incidentally, they told them to break into our houses, pick us up in the middle of the night, detain us for three days and then release us.”

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“But in their own wisdom, they knew that carrying out their request will mean turning Nigerian youths against the security agencies. The DSS advised us that as long as we are not doing anything violent, asking people to commit crimes, we should proceed with what we are doing. They said that since we are fighting for young competent persons to be included in the government, there is nothing wrong with that as far as they are concerned,” he revealed.

Mustapha, an aspirant for the 2019 Kogi State governorship poll, warned that his faction is going ahead with the planned February 26 National Convention, adding that it may still be dependent on the outcome of their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ability of the Buni-led committee to right their wrongs.

While expressing readiness and giving conditions to sacrifice his agitations, he said: “If the right thing is done, I can request that they call us for dialogue. We want youth inclusiveness and we demanded for 12 out of the 27 national leadership positions. We are asking for vice chairmanship position, two per geopolitical zone.

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