THE leadership of the All Progressives Congress is considering the first week of December 2021, as a possible date for the party’s national convention, The PUNCH has learnt.
Our correspondent gathered in Abuja, on Friday, that as soon as the rescheduled state congresses hold on October 16, a date for the zonal congresses will be announced.
A member of the party’s national caucus who pleaded anonymity for fear of retribution told our correspondent that for now, the party is focused on putting its house in order and winning the Anambra State governorship election.
The source said, “As you know, we rescheduled the state congresses to October 16 to allow our major stakeholders to take part in the 61st Independence Day celebration as well as do some house cleaning ahead of the congresses.
“We also have outstanding issues from the ward and local government congresses to deal with. By the time we are done with the state congresses on the 16th, it will be time to prepare for zonal congresses before the national convention which is the grand finale.
“In between, we have the Anambra State governorship election which we are confident of winning.
“The election will be held on November 6 after which our zonal congresses will be held.
“We will have a post- mortem after the elections whichever way it goes before we hold our national caucus meeting. You know the Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Committee was vested with the powers of the National Executive Committee.
“The caucus which includes the President, and other critical stakeholders such as governors would then meet and give their blessings to plans for the national convention.
“In politics, things of this sort are not cast in stone; consultations are still ongoing. There is also the likelihood of us setting up a committee to look into the issue of zoning which will be presented to the national caucus for ratification.
“We look forward to doing this towards the end of next month and early November at the most to allow interested aspirants to go round to sell themselves for the various vacant National Working Committee offices ahead of the convention.”
Another top-ranking member of the party, who also pleaded anonymity, explained that, “We are conscious of public expectations and we are doing everything to accommodate the various tendencies within the party. This explains why some of our activities appear slow, we are only being careful.”
Already, aspirants for the position of national chairman mostly from the North have started consultative meetings and setting up offices.
Some of them include former Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura; the Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume, and a former Federal Capital Territory Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Sony Moniedaffe.
The National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, refused to be drawn into talk about the convention date and zoning. In response to a question on the subject, he said, “The caucus of the party will decide.”