THE leadership of the Congress of All Progressives is considering the first week of December 2021 as a possible date for the party’s national convention, The punch has learned.
Our correspondent gathered in Abuja on Friday that as soon as the rescheduled state congresses are held on October 16, a date for the zone congresses will be announced.
A member of the party’s national caucus who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal told our correspondent that for now, the party is focused on bringing order to his house and winning the post election. Governor of Anambra State.
The source said: “As you know, we have postponed the state congresses until October 16 to allow our key stakeholders to participate in the celebration of the 61st Independence Day as well as to clean up before the Congress.
“We also have outstanding issues relating to parish and local government conventions to deal with. By the time we are done with the state congresses on the 16th, it will be time to prepare the zone congresses before the national convention which is the grand finale.
“In between, we have the election of the governor of the state of Anambra which we are convinced of winning.
“The election will take place on November 6, after which our zone congresses will be held.
“We will have an autopsy after the election, whatever it is, before we have our national caucus meeting. You know that the Interim Committee / Extraordinary National Convention has been vested with the powers of the National Executive Committee.
“The caucus that includes the president and other key stakeholders such as governors would then meet and give their blessing to the plans of the national convention.
“In politics things like this are not set in stone; consultations are still ongoing. It is also likely that we will set up a committee to study the issue of zoning which will be presented to the national caucus for ratification.
“We look forward to doing this towards the end of next month and the beginning of November at the most to allow interested aspirants to sell themselves for the various vacant offices of the National Working Committee before the convention.”
Another senior member of the party, who also pleaded for anonymity, explained: “We are aware of the expectations of the public and we are doing everything to adapt to the different tendencies within the party. This explains why some of our activities seem slow, we are just careful. ”
Already, candidates for the post of national president, mostly from the North, have started consultative meetings and set up offices.
Some of them include the former governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura; the Minister of Special Functions and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume; and a former President of the Federal Capital Territory of the late Action Congress of Nigeria, Sony Moniedaffe.
The party’s national secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, refused to be drawn into talking about the date of the convention and zoning. In response to a question on the matter, he said, “The party caucus will decide. ”
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