National convention

APC to postpone National Convention – The Whistler Nigeria

Barring last-minute changes, the planned National Convention of the Congress of All Ruling Progressives will not be held on Feb. 26, according to a source at the party’s National Secretariat.

The source who revealed to THE WHISTLER in an exclusive phone conversation, when asked for an update on the preparation, he said: ‘Nothing has changed except that the convention would not hold.

“It was agreed that the convention should be amended to allow for proper negotiations on consensus nominees and resolve crises in state chapters.

“No forms were printed; no letters were sent to state chapters inviting them to the convention.

“You know, the list of delegates cannot be manufactured overnight, otherwise there will be more crisis.

“So it was agreed that the convention be postponed but the announcement will come after the president has been informed. You know the president is the leader of the party,” he said on Friday afternoon.

A number of recently sworn in state presidents confirmed to our correspondent that they had not received an invitation letter and would not attend if there was no letter.

A state president in one of the southwestern states disapproves of the development, but confirms THE WHISTLER that he had not yet been officially informed of the date change.

“It’s true it’s been postponed but not official yet but it’s true bro.

“Everyone knows that at the stage we’re at now, the convention can’t hold. There’s hardly any plan. People haven’t bought forms, so when would they do that and the would they fill out, submit it before the planners print the ballots?

“Unfortunately, this is the reality we face. No convention on the 26th, to my knowledge.

A member of the FCT executive committee also confirmed over the phone that “No convention. We have been warned so we are not looking forward to it. We are just waiting for the announcement. »

Katsina state party chairman Mr Sani Ali Ahmad did not return a phone call on his line, but a state party leader said: “I am not aware, but we all know that the drama that is unfolding will not allow the convention to hold. It’s a game.”

When our correspondent called Rivers State Chairman Mr. Emeka Beke to find out if he and his executive members had any developments regarding the convention, he did not return calls on his phone, but a member of the state work committee said, “I can’t talk because I don’t have the right to talk. Talk to him (Beke).

When asked if he was to come to Abuja for the party convention, “he said no, I’m not looking forward to it. I have no reason or invitation to be, so why should I? Please contact the party president and confirm if the convention will be held.

The Enugu State party chairman, Mr. Ogochukwu Agballah, also did not respond to calls on his line.

Cross River State Publicity Secretary Mr. Raji Erasmus confirmed to our correspondent by telephone that “there is no opinion yet, nothing on the delegate yet. As you can see, it’s late to hold the convention, but let’s see how it goes.

He said if there was a convention, state delegates “will definitely be in Abuja next week”.

Governors from the party platform had wanted to hold an unscheduled meeting with the president during the week before the president left for an overseas trip.

The meeting that had no agenda was to tell the president that they had reached an agreement to move the convention, but that meeting could not take place because the president held two separate sessions with the Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yahaya Bello and his counterpart from Imo State, Mr. Hope Uzodimma, the latter saying, “Nothing goes if the convention is postponed. »

THE WHISTLER could not reach the secretary of the party’s interim committee, Mr. John Akpanudoedehe, because he did not take calls on his telephone line.