- The ruling APC has scheduled June 23 to hold its national convention
- Discussions will however be held at the party’s national secretariat, to confirm the date
- The ruling party hopes to resolve all challenges arising from its recently held ward, local government congresses, before the convention
The All Progressive Congress (APC) National Convention Committee has picked June 23 to hold its national convention, in place of the earlier scheduled date of June 2, Premium Times reports.
The development was made public on Wednesday, May 23, by the Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru, who is also the chairman of the committee.
NAIJ.com gathers that Badaru made the announcement as he inaugurated 12 sub-committees comprising of 240 members, for the national convention. The committees are finance, accreditation, transport and logistics, welfare and accommodation, media, medicals, venue and protocol, screening appeal and security.
Badaru stated: “It was suggested today that we should have the convention on June 23, but we will have to discuss it with the party’s national secretariat to confirm the date.”
Badaru further addressed the party’s challenges; stressing that even though the APC had challenges in some states arising from its recently-held ward, local government and state congresses, such challenges were surmountable. He expressed confidence that all challenges would be resolved before the convention date.
The governor added that on Tuesday, May 29, sale of forms to aspirants that want to contest for any of the party’s national executive offices would commence.
Badaru further denied allegations that the party would spend N6 billion on the convention; stating that it would cost less, and would be raised from donations from party members.
He said: “I’m very sure that it is far less than that; tomorrow, we are getting all the budgets from the sub-committees, but I can assure you that it far less. Knowing me and what I stand for, you will know that it will be the cheapest convention ever.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John John Odigie-Oyegun, shelved his national chairmanship ambition as the ruling party announced dates for this year’s ward, local government and state congresses.
It could however not be confirmed whether the decision was connected to Oyegun’s visit to the Presidential Villa on the night of Thursday, April 26.
Oyegun had earlier described the purported endorsement of former governor Adams Oshiomhole by the south-south zonal leadership of the party as “absolutely childish.”
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