Buhari To Announce the Date for APC National Convention
President Muhammadu Buhari will decide when the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention will take place. The governors elected on the platform of the party may have resolved the matter.
This was the outcome of a meeting of governors held on Sunday night in Abuja under the auspices of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF).
After the meeting, the forum’s chairman, Abubakar Bagudu, told reporters that the forum would like to meet with Buhari about the party’s National Convention.
On June 25, 2020, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) dissolved the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) and appointed a 13-man Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni to organise, among other things, the party’s National Convention within six months.
The CECPC’s silence on the convention date has angered some members of the party.
Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the caretaker committee Secretary, stated that stakeholders, not the committee, will set the date for the national convention.
“The meeting discussed the National Convention but agreed to give Mr. President the honour of fixing the date for the convention,” a source at the Governors’ meeting told The Nation.
“As you know, there are many factors to consider when setting the convention date, and the Governors decided that Mr. President, as the party’s leader, should be given the honour of doing so.”
“The Governors will take this stance to a meeting with the President between now and Wednesday. The forum believes that President Buhari’s date will be respected and accepted by all members of the party, regardless of their political affiliations.”
Following the meeting, Bagudu told reporters that the Governors will seek an appointment with the President to discuss the upcoming national convention and other pressing issues facing the party.
“We agreed as a forum to seek appointment to meet with the President and discuss the on-coming national convention of the party,” the Kebbi Governor said when asked about the forum’s decision on the party’s much-anticipated national convention.
“Mind you, we are only one organ of the party, and since we are making suggestions to both the party and our party leader (President Buhari), I do not believe it is fair to preempt or reveal it before the meeting.”
“We’re hoping to get that appointment as soon as possible.” “We will reveal what we recommended after we met with the President,” he said.
Bagudu shot down reports that the APC governors’ meeting with the President was intended to persuade him not to sign the Electoral Act Amendment bill.
“Well, I already told you why we’re meeting with the President. “It’s to talk about the upcoming National Convention,” he explained.
Concerns about the party’s possible implosion and various crises in many states, which tend to pit members against the Buni-led caretaker committee, were dismissed by the PGF Chairman, who affirmed that the party was on track.
“I don’t believe those who express such fears are accurately representing reality.” This is a party that has been able to attract three outstanding governors, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, members of the National Assembly, and distinguished Nigerians from all walks of life into its fold, and it is a party whose leadership is humble enough to say that all Nigerians should join us so that we can unite and serve Nigerians.
“While other parties are exiling people, we are inviting them to join us so that together we can reposition and maintain the progressive agenda,” he said.