APC informs INEC of the date of the national convention, but remains silent on the place

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The ruling party in NIGERIA, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has officially notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its decision to hold a national convention on February 26.

The party will elect a new national chairman and other members of its national working committee (NWC) at the convention.

But the location of the national convention remains uncertain.


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About three weeks before the date of the national convention, the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has not announced where the event will take place.

The location was not disclosed in a letter dated February 2 in which the CECPC informed the CENI of the upcoming national convention.

In the letter jointly signed by Buni and CECPC secretary John Akpanudoedehe, the interim APC leadership informed the electoral commission that the national convention would be held on February 26.

Parts of the letter to the INEC President read as follows: “Following our letter referenced APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/021/40 dated July 11, 2021 on National Convention Conduct Notice.

“This is to inform the Commission that our great Party has planned to hold its National Convention on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

“This serves as formal notification in accordance with the provisions of Section 85 of the Elections Act (2010) as amended.

“Please arrange for your officials to monitor the drill accordingly.

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“While hoping to receive your cooperation, please accept the assurances of our highest esteem.”

In accordance with the provisions of the electoral law, the APC had until February 5 to notify the commission of the national convention.

Section 85(1) of the Elections Act stated: “A registered political party shall give the commission at least 21 days’ notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of electing the members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominate candidates for any of the elective offices specified under this Act.

After informing INEC of the convention in the letter dated February 2, the APC was able to meet the electoral law deadline with barely three days.

After intense pressure from some party actors who insisted on the national convention, APC interim president Buni announced on January 18 that the exercise would take place on February 26.

But there are fears the party will continue the convention on that date.

While the CECPC was slow to send a notice of convention to the CENI, some party actors under the aegis of the APC Youth Development and Solidarity Forum rejected the February 26 date.

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The group, at a press conference in Abuja on January 17, warned that the party could disintegrate if it goes ahead with the convention by that date.

The group’s general secretary, Tobias Ogbeh, alleged that some party members were working with foreign agents to destabilize the APC at the convention.

Ogbeh further warned that the alleged plot involved the emergence of a parallel secretariat with legal action to ensure that the APC does not produce any candidates for the 2023 general election.

Warning that the national convention scheduled for February 26 could lead to a mass exodus of party members, the group urged the APC leadership to announce an alternative date for the convention.

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