APC National Convention: President Buhari endorses February 2022

Presiident Muhammadu Buhari has approved February 2022 as the month to conduct the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention.

Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, confirmed this to State House correspondents on Monday at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Abuja Presidential Villa.

The PGF is an umbrella body of governors elected on the APC platform.

Newsatlarge reports that the meeting was attended by the chairman of APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Gov. Mai Mala Buni who is also the governor of Yobe.

Also at the meeting, was Gov. Abubakar Baduru of Jigawa.

Bagudu, who was not specific on the exact date the convention would hold in February, said the exercise was shifted because four APC States were yet to complete their congresses.

“Yesterday, Nov. 21, the PGF met, where we congratulated and thanked the Caretaker Committee for working so hard in leading the party.

“We also thanked President Buhari for supporting the committee to deliver on its mandate.

“I also explained that the PGF discussed the issue of the party’s national convention and mandated us to come and discuss it with the president as the party’s leader to give the input of the governors so that the party and the president will consider.

“Part of the inputs we got yesterday was that we still have four states which are in the process of completing their congresses.

“Like Anambra, understandably because of the recent gubernatorial election; Zamfara and two others because of logistic challenges.

“And then, Christmas is around the corner, and early January we will be very busy with Ekiti.

“So the Governors, based on all these, suggested that the party and the president should graciously consider February 2022 and the president is favourably disposed to the suggestion.” He said.

Gov. Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the APC CECPC who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the committee would plan the convention for February.

“The PGF after the meeting, has suggested February to the party and president has concurred, so we are going ahead to plan for the convention for February 2022.

“Nigerians should expect more unity and progress as a result of the forthcoming convention.” Buni said.

On insinuations in some quarters that he might be delaying the convention to extend his tenure as the APC CECPC chairman, Buni said he was not jobless to be doing that.

“I have my primary responsibility as a Governor to go back to my State and carry out my primary responsibility.

“What I am here to do is ad-hoc and, of course, to reposition the party; that is exactly what we have been able to achieve,” he said. (https://newsatlarge.ng)

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