APC Shifts National Convention

APC Shifts National Convention


The national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier scheduled for Monday, May 14 will be moved forward, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed this yesterday in Abuja.

Abdullahi spoke on the plan to review the timetable for congresses and national convention while briefing journalists on the outcome of a closed door meeting between Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led – National Working Committee (NWC) and APC governors at the party’s national secretariat.

In the timetable earlier released, the party scheduled ward congresses for Wednesday, May 2; local government congresses, Saturday, May 5; and state congresses, Wednesday, May 9, respectively.

The APC spokesman said some of the dates would be adjusted since the NWC had been advised to look at the current timetable again for being too “closely packed” and leaving little room for errors.

“The observation was that the timetable as it is currently constituted or composed was determined because of the Ramadan and we want to be sensitive to the feelings of Muslims who will be fasting in the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we try to avoid conducting any political activities in the month of Ramadan,” he said.

He further explained that the adjustments had no ulterior motive other than the logistic consideration.

Abdullahi said that the meeting underscored the need for governors to give room for free, fair and transparent congresses to avoid rancour that could be generated.

“It was acknowledged that one major way to prevent rancour is to ensure that those congresses are transparent and they are acceptable, at least, to the majority of the people concerned,” he said.

 

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