November 22, (THEWILL) – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed to conduct its national convention by February, 2022.
The Governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu announced this after a meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
Accompanied by the Chairman of APC national caretaker committee and Governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni as well as the Governor of Jigawa state, Abubakar Badaru, the Kebbi Governor told state house correspondents that the meeting was to convey the decision arrived at by the Progressives Governors forum on Sunday night.
He noted that the governors resolved that the convention should be held in February 2022 and the same suggestion was made to the president for approval.
Following President Buhari’s ’s approval, Bagudu affirms that the national caretaker committee will now work out the other details.
He further disclosed that a specific date has not yet been decided on but the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be given notification while a time table is worked out.
Governor Buni took over the APC leadership in June 2020 following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) led by former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Amid the crisis that hit the party at the national level at the time, the APC National Executive Council met and resolved to dissolve the NWC based on the recommendations of the President.
The party, thereafter, appointed Governor Buni to head the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), and he was immediately sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.
While addressing party leaders at the meeting, President Buhari had called for the immediate suspension of all pending litigations involving the APC and its members.
He informed party chieftains at the meeting that mutating disagreements could lead to the self-destruction of the party with dire consequences.
The caretaker committee was directed to take over the leadership of the APC pending when a convention would be conducted to elect a new set of national officers of the ruling party.