Six days to APC National Convention: Venue uncertain, aspirants have yet to choose forms

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SIX days away from the national convention of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the location of the event has yet to be revealed.

Although some reports indicate that the party has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a letter dated February 4, 2022, that the convention will be held in Abuja, the APC has yet to officially announce the decision.

The national convention, where the party will elect a new national chairman and other members of its national working committee (NWC), is scheduled for February 26.


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The party is currently led by the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) headed by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Buni remained silent on the venue when he announced the date of the January 18 national convention.

The venue was also not disclosed in a letter dated February 2, 2022, in which the CECPC notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its decision to hold the national convention on February 26.

It is expected that like the October 2021 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the APC convention will also take place at Eagle Square, Abuja.

However, unlike the situation in the APC, the PDP officially announced Abuja as the venue when the party made a decision on the national convention at its 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on August 28, 2021.

Acting APC President Buni only announced the date of the national convention while addressing party members at the Progressive Women’s Congress in Abuja.

APC behind schedule for key National Convention activities

Uncertainty over the location of the exercise isn’t the only issue that has led to suggestions that the APC national convention will be moved.

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Checks by CIRI on February 20 reveal that the party has fallen behind on key items on the national convention schedule.

The schedule was announced by CECPC National Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, after a meeting on January 19, during which the schedule/calendar of activities for the national convention was reviewed and adopted.

Only three elements of the calendar have been achieved.

The activities that have been carried out according to the schedule provided for in the schedule are the submission of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, on January 31; examination and adoption of the reports of the state congresses, on February 2; and investiture of the executives of the State, on February 3.

According to the schedule, the sale of forms to all aspirants vying for national offices was to begin at the APC national secretariat on February 14.

But the sale of the forms, which is a key part of the national convention, did not start on February 14 as planned and has not started since then.

As a result, aspirants who campaigned for various positions on the APC National Working Committee (NWC) have yet to purchase forms to formally indicate their intention to run for positions at the national convention.

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The schedule also called for the submission of completed forms and accompanying documents to the APC national secretariat by February 19.

But since the sale of the forms has not yet started, the completed forms and accompanying documents could not be submitted as planned.

The schedule also indicated that the members of the various national convention subcommittees would be made up and released on February 19. This does not happen.

Due to the failure to complete key elements of the schedule, including the sale and deposit of forms, and the constitution of sub-committees, it is unlikely that the APC will end up with other activities that are still on schedule. .

The activities on the calendar that are still on schedule are the selection of all aspirants vying for national offices, from February 20 to February 22; Screening Appeals to Hear and Resolve Complaints Arising from the Screening Exercise, February 23; Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the national convention, from February 24 to February 25; National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee, Feb. 26; and Call to National Convention to Hear and Resolve Complaints Arising from National Convention, February 28.

The aspirants want the convention to be postponed

Amid the confusion surrounding the APC national convention, some aspirants have called for the event to be postponed.

The aspirants, under the aegis of the Aspirants Forum for the 2022 National Convention, in a letter to the CECPC led by Buni, said that the date of the convention – February 26 – was no longer possible. They insisted that the exercise be postponed.

The letter was signed by Maxwell Yakubu Gowon, candidate for the post of National Youth Leader, and Mohammed Bala Mohammed, candidate for the post of National Secretary.

Gowon and Mohammed are the president and secretary of the aspirants’ forum respectively.

In the letter, the aspirants urged the CECPC to critically examine the issues in the various state sections of the party.

Noting that “feelers are not pleasant”, the group warned that “it would indeed spell misfortune if the party went ahead with the national convention under such circumstances”.

CECPC National Secretary John Akpanudoede did not return calls when CIRI contacted him on February 20 about the uncertainties surrounding the national convention.

A text message sent to Akpanudoedehe also received no response at the time of this report.

In the SMS, CIRI asked if the national convention will continue on February 26.

CIRI also asked for Akpanudoedehe’s reaction to reports that the CECPC was unwilling to organize the national convention and was instead seeking to extend its term.

The CECPC has been managing the affairs of the APC since June 25, 2020, following the removal of the party’s last elected National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on June 16, 2020.

The CECPC was supposed to organize a national convention in December 2020 but did not.

The Buni-led CECPC has remained in office ever since, and its mandate has been extended three times.

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