President Muhammadu Buhari has approved February, 2022 for the conduct of the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, announced this on Monday in Abuja.
Briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital, Governor Bagudu, who was accompanied to the villa by the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, as well as Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, told State House correspondents that the meeting was to brief the President on the decision of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, when the members met on Sunday night.
Bagudu informed that the governors resolved that the convention should hold in February 2022, and the same suggestion was proposed to the President for approval.
He, however, stated that the leadership of tge party has yet to decide on a specific date to conduct its national convention.
The Jigawa governor said the party would notify the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, while it works out a timetable.
Recall that Governor Buni took over the leadership of the APC in June 2020, following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, led by former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
Amid the crisis that hit the ruling party at the national level at the time, the APC National Executive Council, NEC, 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.
Addressing party leaders at the meeting, President Buhari had called for the immediate suspension of all pending litigations involving the APC and its members, informing 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 the holding of a national convention, which would elect a new set of national officers of the ruling party.