President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2022 approved the holding of the much-anticipated national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), an official said after meeting with the president.
This was revealed by the chairman of the National Guard Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni, after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja. The meeting was also attended by Governors Atiku Bagudu from Kebbi and Abubakar Badaru from Jigawa.
Mr. Bagudu is the chairman of the CPA Governors Forum also known as the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).
Mr Buni, in his interview with State House reporters after the meeting, said the approved month was suggested by the forum at a meeting on Sunday.
He added that the party has not arrived on an exact date for the event but will do so after extensive consultation with other stakeholders.
Mr Buni, whose extended tenure at headquarters continued to draw criticism from members, dismissed speculation about planning for another extension.
“Am I an unemployed person who is always trying to extend his term? to do what? I have my primary responsibility as governor to return to my state and exercise my primary responsibility. What I am here to do is ad hoc and of course to reposition the party and that is exactly what we have been able to achieve, ”he said.
The governor of Yobe State was appointed in June 2020 to head a 13-member National Interim Committee following the controversial disbandment of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Adams Oshiomhole.
He was tasked with harmonizing the fractured party and delivering an acceptable national convention within six months, a feat he failed to achieve.
Amid other emerging leadership struggles within the party, Mr. Buni’s term has been extended from December 2020 to June 2021.
However, the president of the Forum of Progressive Governors (PGF), Mr. Bagudu, explained in his comment that the decision of the governors was motivated by the need to complete the pending congresses in four states.
“Part of the input we received yesterday was that we still have four states that are in the process of wrapping up their congresses like Anambra; naturally due to the recent election for governor, Zamfara and two others, due to a logistical challenge. And then, Christmas is fast approaching and at the beginning of January we will be very busy with Ekiti.
“So, the governors, on the basis of all this, suggested that the party and the president graciously consider February and the president is favorably disposed to this suggestion,” Bagudu said.
The APC is expected to elect its new national leaders at the convention. The leaders will guide the party towards the general election of 2023.
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