The ruler Congress of All Progressives (APC) will hold its highly anticipated national convention today (Saturday) in Abuja.
New national and zonal leaders of the party will be elected at the convention originally scheduled for February 26 but postponed to March 26.
The convention is also expected to approve amended sections of the party’s constitution and ratify the activities of the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
The party held its ward, local government and state conventions last year.
More than 7,584 delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT are expected to attend the convention.
Delegates will elect the 22-member National Working Committee (NWC) from among 169 candidates for various positions to take over the leadership of the CECPC’s nine-year party.
The 12-member committee, led by Governor Mala Buni of Yobe State, was incorporated on June 25, 2020, after the dismissal of NWC led by Adams Oshiomhole, to lead the party and organize a convention within six months. He couldn’t do it until now.
The main attraction of today’s event is the election of a new president. Seven party members bought expression of interest and nomination forms to compete for the post, zoned in the north-central area.
The aspirants include two former Nasarawa state governors and sitting senators, Abdullahi Adamu and Tanko Al-Makura.
Others are former Governor of Benue and current Minister of Special Affairs, George Akume, Senator for Niger East, Sani Musa, former Vice President of the late CPC, Saliu Mustapha of Kwara State and an assistant to the Governor of Niger, Mohammed Etsu.
Although not from the central-north region, Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state, north-west region, is also in the running.
However, following the directive from party leader President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, there are indications that the next president and other party officials will emerge by consensus.
For the post of president, Mr Buhari would support Mr Adamu.
Some of the aspirants reportedly rejected the consensus option, preferring to attack convention.
If that happens, the election of the new officers promises to be intriguing given their varying strength and popularity.
PREMIUM TIMES will be on the Eagles Square convention site to bring you live updates from the event.
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