January 29, 2020

APC crisis escalate, as party cancel National Convention indefinitely …Members want Oyegun, others sacked

Indications emerged yesterday that the much talked about national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will no longer hold as scheduled for 29th of April.

Blueprint relibly gathered that a committee put in place by the APC national chairman to review the party’s constitution has also abandoned the job.

The party, after been criticised for not holding national convention as stipulated in its constitution, declared in a statement that it will hold a national convention not later than April this year.

It was, however, gathered yesterday that one of the APC governors from the North-west state, who was at the last meeting held with NWC, a month ago, told Chief Oyegun “to his face that his leadership of 20 NWC members can not fix convention date for 97 National Executive Committee (NEC).”

Reason for the planned suspension of the constitutional review hearings, findings revealed is not unconnected to the paucity of funds the party has been experiencing in recent times.

Chief Oyegun had told newsmen at the interactive meeting with governors that the said national convention “is not an elective convention.”

Earlier, a statement issued by the APC national publicity secretary Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, to announce the convention said the decision was one of outcomes of the National Working Committee (NWC).

“The vacancies to be filled occurred principally from political appointments, deaths and resignations. The Congress to fill the vacancies would be followed closely by another Congress to nominate delegates into the mid-term non-elective Convention of the Party.

“The Congresses will be followed by the National Caucus meeting, and finalised with the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Party, which will consider and set the dates for the National Convention, which is expected to hold not later than April of 2017.”

According to Article 25 (A)(i) of the APC constitution which state that the National Convention of the Party shall be held once in Two (2) years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee and approved by the National Executive Committee subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least fourteen (14) days notice given to members eligible to attend.

Also, the constitution provides that the National Executive Committee may summon an emergency National Convention at any time provided at least seven (7) days notice of the meeting shall be given to all members eligible to attend.

Some senior APC members who interface with selected newsmen yesterday also disclosed that state governors and presidency had resolved not to fund the party until the tenue expiration of the current NWC members.

One of the sources told our correspondent that “the Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, recently spoke the mind of the APC governors when he said they can not use the state monies to fund the party. Though, some members are calling for the sack of the current NWC members.”

Recall that the governor when asked why APC is not properly funded said: “Yes. It is still part of the change mantra. People were use to getting cheap money, some people struggle to be part of the APC officials in order to make money but the Buhari here is not like that, so if the party has programmes on the ground; the government have no problem to see how the party can be funded but let me tell you the issue of taking government money to fund the party does not arise now.”

When a phone call was put through to the APC spokesman Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, for comment on the report, he simply said the party has not taken an official position on whether the party will postpone the national convention or not.

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