APC national convention to go ahead without Buhari

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Governors of the All Progressives Congress and the members of the party’s National Working Committee on Wednesday resolved to proceed with preparations for the party’s inaugural bi-annual national convention.

In furtherance of this objective, the two bodies resolved to send a delegation to acting President Yemi Osinbajo to present him with suggested dates for him to pick from.

This was part of the decisions taken at the end of a monthly meeting held between the governors and the John Odigie-Oyegun-led APC NWC.

They noted that they were preparing to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari for him to pick a convenient date for the convention but that was not possible before he left for a medical trip abroad.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who addressed newsmen after the meeting said, “The issue of the National Convention was raised. Actually, it was part of the decisions we took at the last meeting. Unfortunately, like you realised, Mr. President is not here; he is the leader of the party.

“What we did was that we now have an acting President. So, the team was supposed to meet with Mr President with a suggested date that is convenient so that he could decide on the convention.

“But today, we all agreed that we have an acting President; the same process should start again through the acting President.”

 

He further explained that the process which started with the President had to start all over with a team to be raised to meet with the acting President.

 

According to him, the President, as the leader of the party, should attend but that in the present circumstance, the presence of the acting President would suffice.

Lalong added that those at the meeting reviewed the party’s performance over the last two years and were satisfied with the level of progress so far made.

On the crisis in some state chapters of the party, Lalong explained that steady progress was being made in resolving all the issues.

He also said the issue regarding the funding of party’s activities was also receiving the required attention.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in his welcome address said, “I want to say that I am so happy that we have met twice and we are seeing the effects; very positive, very salutary effects are beginning to manifest in the party.”

He noted that the positive impact of the APC administration was being felt across the country, especially in APC-controlled states.

Some of the governors who attended the meeting included Godwin Obaseki(Edo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa) , Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi). Others included Sani Bello (Niger), Aminu Masari (Katsina), and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).

The deputy governors of Kwara, Kogi, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Nasarawa and Imo were also present.

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