The All Progressive Congress (APC) has shifted its national convention to February next year with no specific date.
The decision was arrived at after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the delegation of state governors elected on the platform of the party and the caretaker committee on Monday in Abuja.
Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the ruling party, Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State while briefing journalists after the gathering said the party picked February 2022 to organize its national convention.
“The Progressive Governors’ Forum, after their meeting, has suggested February to the party and the President has concurred. So, we are going ahead to plan for the convention in February,” the party official announced. “Nigerians should expect more unity and progress as a result of the forthcoming convention.”
Explaining the reason for the shifting, the chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said it was due to incomplete congresses in four states of the federation.
“Yesterday (Sunday), Nov. 21, the Progressive Governors’ Forum met, where we congratulated and thanked the Caretaker Committee for working so hard in leading the party,” Mr Bagudu said. “We also thanked the President for supporting them to deliver on their mandate.
“I also explained yesterday that the Progressive Governors’ Forum discussed the issue of national convention of the party and they mandated us to come and discuss 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 the party and the President should graciously consider February and the President is favourably disposed to the suggestion,” he added.