APC governors divided over convention date

Governors who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are divided over the convention of the party slated for February, this year.

The top echelon of the party in November last year met with President Muhammadu Buhari, where they agreed that the party’s national convention should be held next month.

Though a specific date was not picked in February, aspirants have sprung up for various offices with many groups staging protests over alleged plot to shift the convention and again extend the timeline of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee.

The Buni-led committee was inaugurated in June 2020, after the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC), and saddled with the responsibility of reconciling aggrieved members and organising an elective national convention. But the committee had its timeline extended twice without achieving these.

An impeccable source told Daily Trust in a telephone interview on Monday that the bickering and division among the governors led to the postponement of their meeting slated for last Sunday.

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He explained that the governors belong to different blocs in the party and were divided as some were opposed to the proposed February convention.

He said the governors were supposed to meet and decide on the matter on Sunday, but failed to do so because of lack of a united front.

According to him, the governors would meet tomorrow to take a position on the convention issue and make a presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari for a way forward.

Another chieftain of the party and elder statesman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, told Daily Trust that the chances of the party organising a convention in February were bleak.

The reason is simple. They have to give INEC 21 days’ notice before a convention will be considered to have met that aspect of the requirement of the Electoral Act.

“And no such notice or letter has been transmitted to the best of my knowledge. And some governors, from the information I have, are meeting on Wednesday this week to be able to make a presentation to President Muhammad,u Buhari on the matter,” he said.

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But the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, told Daily Trust in a telephone interview that, “The letter is time-bound, so when it is time, we will send it.”

Another stalwart of the party, Chief Jackson Lekan Ojo, said, “The APC governors are divided into three blocs. Some are backing Bola Tinubu, some are with the major cabal while some are with a particular governor in the North Central pursuing his presidential ambition.

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