Amid calls for a national convention by stakeholders, the All Progressives Congress APC says its not yet time to hold the convention.
Recall that the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention had in July replaced the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee, NWC and promised to hold a national convention in November.
But the Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, has disclosed that it was not in a hurry to convoke a national convention because the condition precedent to having such an exercise had to be put in place fi
The party in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, was responding to reports accusing the caretaker committee of surreptitiously seeking an extension of its six-month mandate.
He said: “It is important that the APC conducts its planned national convention to produce the party’s national leadership as a united house.
‘’Otherwise the main aim of constituting the CECPC, following the dissolution of the immediate-past National Working Committee, NWC, will be defeated.’’
The statement said the Governor Buni-led CECPC has deployed a combination of true reconciliation, consultation and inclusiveness in achieving unity and cohesion in the party.
“To reposition the party to ensure good governance, Governor Buni proposed the recently-inaugurated tripartite Executive/Legislative/APC consultative committee which is ensuring synergy, good governance and accelerated implementation of the Next Level agenda.
“A peacemaker and stabilizing voice, Governor Buni is meeting all leaders, known party groups and interests in order to accommodate all interests. This has resulted in renewed commitment on the part of party members.
“Ahead of the planned APC National Convention and indeed the 2023 General Elections, stakeholders should continue to support the CECPC efforts to unite the party in order to make it formidable enough to consolidate on the APCs national governing status and landmark achievements.
‘’The APC must not go into a National Convention, and indeed a general election in crisis. We should take it one step at a time and ensure that the ongoing national reconciliation process being undertaken by the CECPC is sustained, successful and continue to yield results”, the party stated.