DETERMINED to ensure the sanctity of the February 2022 date for the All Progressives Congress (APC) convention, some key stakeholders have reportedly mobilized their colleagues in the six geopolitical zones for sustained pressure on the party’s national leadership, Nigerian has learned. Tribune. .
The provisions of the month-long program of action, the sources said on Monday, were thought to be the brainchild of two influential CPA groups to push back the alleged plans of some forces unwilling to February. or the date of the agreement to elect substantive national officials.
Organizers reportedly set January 11 as a tentative date for a “large gathering in Abuja of key CPA stakeholders from the zones, to question issues regarding the convention, the national presidency contest and other party issues and in the general election of 2023.. ”
As the crisis persists in some state sections of the party, some groups have warned the interim national leadership against changing the proposed date for the convention, which was announced after it was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some sources familiar with the ongoing mobilization to pressure the upper echelon of the APC and other major critical actors, including the governors elected on the party platform, said those in the The origin of the campaign had intensified, in recent days, preparations for the inclusive summit. planned for the Shehu Yar’Adua Conference Center, Abuja.
The sources said that the organizers asked other party leaders for information on contacts of prominent APC leaders proposed to question issues relating to the APC, in particular the proposed convention.
One of the people reportedly on the map as a speaker is the executive director of the Progressive Governors Forum, APC’s platform, Dr Salihu Lukman, who recently called on party loyalists to ignore the report. attributed to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. on the need to postpone the convention to allow the party to resolve the crisis that afflicts it in many states.
It wasn’t until recently that CPA leadership unveiled a plan to set up subcommittees for the convention, a development some party-goers have described as encouraging.
It has been learned that part of the plans of those behind the January 11 rally include rallies, lectures and other mass events that may fit into the convention itself.
Meanwhile, just 24 hours after one group, the Progressive Mandate Movement (PMM), threatened the APC Custodian / Planning Committee for the Extraordinary Convention on the scheduled date of the convention, another group threatened to protest massively if the interim leadership of the APC did not conduct a national convention in February.
Abdullahi Mohammed and comrade Adekunle Fijabi, respectively national coordinator and secretary of the PMM, demanded this weekend the immediate release of the processes leading to the national convention.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune in a telephone interview, relevant APC stakeholder spokesperson Abdullahi Dauda dropped the hint of a mass protest against the committee chaired by Governor Mai Mala Buni. Dauda said it was embarrassing that the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), had elected a new set of national leaders as the ruling party continued to procrastinate.
He said: “We will have a nationwide protest if they change the date. So they better keep their words.
“You can’t say you’re a guardian and plot to extend your tenure.
“Why can’t we tidy up our house? Look at the PDP, they held a national convention as we are still fighting for the date. This party is not a one-man show and we are going to resist it.
Audits from the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the APC CECPC, at the end of its meeting last week, revealed that it would soon be setting up sub-committees ahead of the February convention.
The group warned it was ready to launch the national #OccupyAPC secretariat if the convention to elect a new set of national officers was not called by February 5.
He said: “We also warn that if nothing is made public before January 5, we will launch an aggressive #OCCUPYAPCNATIONALSECRETARIAT operation to force our leaders to do the right thing. “
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