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APC Under Pressure To Hold Convention

There are indications that the leadership of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is under pressure to hold its belated national convention. This is coming just as the expected consultative meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and governors elected on its platform reportedly slated for yesterday did not hold. LEADERSHIP checks revealed that the consultative meeting was expected to fine-tune the party’s modalities ahead the 2019 general election based on the timetable issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently. After many false starts in its efforts to hold a midterm non-elective convention last year, the party may have settled for the second quarter of this year, in June, which will coincide with the terminal date of the present NWC. The present NWC led by the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was elected into office on June 14, 2014 and is expected to complete a four-year tenure in June this year.

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The source who did not want his name in print said, “The governors and the NWC members were expected to discuss the issue of the party’s congresses and convention; they were also expected to look at INEC’s 2019 general election timetable. “As you know, this will be the first consultative meeting in 2018. The meeting is expected to be attended by the governors as other national issues as regards APC winning the 2019 general elections will be discussed”.

It was also gathered that some of the state governors might not be comfortable with the continued stay in office of some of the members of the NWC from their states. The governors, it was learnt, are suspicious of the NWC members who the feel might not be representing their interests well enough and may even be working with rival interests to undermine them. The APC consultative meeting was initiated in April 2017 by the party’s national chairman to ensure monthly meeting of governors elected on the party’s platform and members of its NWC. Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, had told journalists then that the consultative meeting will be holding monthly until the 2019 general election.

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