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APC ratifies timetable for congresses, keeps mum on national convention

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) failed on Thursday to rollout the timetable for its congresses and announce the date for the much-anticipated convention.

After a three-hour meeting of the CECPC at the party’s Abuja headquarters yesterday, the time table and schedule for congresses from the ward to zonal levels were ratified.

It was however gathered that the meeting did not consider a date for the National Convention.

The CECPC Secretary, Senator John Akpanduoehehe, told reporters that the caretaker committee ratified the time table for the congresses and directed its Director of Organization, Prof Al-Mustspha Ussiju Medaner, to release a detailed time-table.

Akpanduoehehe said: “The Caretaker Committee has considered and ratified the much awaited time table for our Congresses. The Director of Organisation will give you (newsmen) details of the time table and schedule for the congresses.”

A source, who was privy to the meeting said that the Caretaker Committee only concentrated and deliberated on congresses for the wards to the zonal levels.

The source said: “The Caretaker Committee has fixed ward congresses to zonal Congress for between July and end of October. The meeting was silent on the National Convention.

“But from the look of things, the earliest time the National Convention can hold will be towards the end of the year, possibly late November or first week in December.”

Akpanduoehehe recently said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy Prof Yemi Osinbajo, state governors and some critical stakeholders, will determine the date for the National Convention.

The December 8, 2020 National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party while extending the life time of the Caretaker Committee gave the Mai Mala Buni-led Committee till June 30, 2021 to conclude its assignments and conduct a National Convention that will usher in a  new National Working Committee (NWC) for the party.

The Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC was dissolved at an emergency NEC meeting on June 25, last year, giving paving the way for the inauguration of a 13-man Caretaker Committee led by the Yobe State governor.

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