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APC UK calls for party’s convention postponement, give reasons

United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the National Executive Council of the party to postpone its national convention scheduled for February 26.


United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the National Executive Council of the party to postpone its national convention scheduled for February 26.

A statement on Wednesday by Dr Philip Idaewor, APC chairman in the UK said the postponement became necessary to enable the acting chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Gov. Mai Mala Buni to bring more bigwigs to the party and reconcile aggrieved members.

Mr. Idaewor also stated that postponement of the convention, while focusing on the much-needed fence-mending, would ensure the party retains power in 2023.

He said: “It is better to shift the national convention to a later date and consolidate on the successes achieved by the convention planning committee in uniting various factions than to lose all it has achieved.”

“The Chapter urged APC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to immediately postpone the National Convention from Saturday, Feb. 26 to enable pending critical issues to be addressed.”

“The postponement is important, especially now that the reconciliation committee, led by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has requested for a one-week extension to complete its work.

“APC in the UK earlier weighed in on the matter some months ago, where it urged the party to align with best practices in deciding the convention date which should go with the election of the party’s presidential flag bearer.”

According to the statement, Mr Idaewor said the proposition would ensure the highest participation of members in the diaspora as they would not dissipate logistics in traveling to Nigeria twice for the same event.

He added that postponement of the convention is in the overall interest of all stakeholders to promote unity, harmony, and cohesion within the party.

According to the diaspora APC group, rushing into a convention within the space of the next three weeks will further fracture the party.

The APC UK chapter regretted that the emergence of multiple factions in many of its state chapters does not project confidence that the party would have a smooth sail in the next year’s general elections.

“The logical thing is to allow the reconciliation committee to finish its assignment as there is no gain in progressing in error.

“APC stakeholders will simply slave for others to enjoy, if the party holds the convention in February, as it will merely be solidifying the rancorous situation that is present at state levels.

“The Gov. Buni-led committee has performed creditably which has left the APC UK wondering why the committee cannot be allowed more time to complete the good work it is doing.

“The committee has singularly brought reconciliation to several state chapters, and we are confident that it will make factional politics a thing of the past when it is given more time to restore sanity to the party,” the APC UK chairman quoted saying according to the statement.

He further stated that the APC government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, had attracted a lot of good things to the country that requires continuity.


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