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APC set to release congresses, national convention schedule

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The Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to release the timetable for the conduct of congresses and the National Convention of the party before the end of the week.

It was gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee to perfect their act, as he (President) was not ready to entertain any tenure extension for the committee at the expiration of their term come June 30

To this end, the Caretaker Committee is slated to meet any moment from now to ratify the timetable and the list of members of various committees drawn for the conduct of the congresses and the national convention.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party at its last meeting in December 8 last year gave the Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee till 30th of June to conduct congresses and the national convention for the election of new leaders to run the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The CECPC, which was constituted in June last year following the dissolution of the Comrade Adams Oshiomole led National Working Committee, was initially given six months to reconcile the various factions in the party, ensure that aggrieved members of the party in court withdraw all litigations and conduct a national convention for the emergence of a new NWC.

But the Caretaker Committee had to embark on the conduct of a new party register through membership registration, revalidation and update exercise as a precursor for the conduct of a credible national convention. It also used the exercise to clamour for and secure additional six months at the December 8, 2020 NEC emergency meeting.

A chieftain of the party, who spoke in confidence to our correspondent in Abuja, said that the Caretaker Committee in the last two weeks have been compiling names of members of various the committees for the conduct of the congresses and the convention.

It was further gathered that the ward, local government and state congresses of the party are tentatively slated for the first two weeks in June, while the national convention is billed for the last weekend of the same month.

The source said: “I can tell you that the coming weeks are loaded for the Caretaker Committee. They (Caretaker Committee) are to release the timetable for congresses and the National Convention after the Sallah break.

“Already, the list of various committees and sub-committees for the congresses and the national convention has been drawn. This will also be released after the necessary consultations may have been concluded by the party with those to serve on the committees.”

Giving an insight into the schedule for the congresses and the National Convention, the source added: “The tentative arrangement is for the ward, local government and state congresses to hold within the first two weeks of June, while the National Convention is billed for the last weekend of the month.

“In the weeks ahead, the Caretaker Committee will be receiving reports of the just concluded nationwide membership registration, revalidation and update exercise from the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Committee while the Prof. Tahir Mamman led Constitution Review Committee will also be submitting its report.”

This development has foreclosed all speculations that the Caretaker Committee may be spoiling for another tenure extension.

For members of a pressure group in the party, The Concerned APC Members, the release of the timetable and other activities that will lead to the conduct of the congresses and the national convention were long overdue.

The Bauchi based spokesperson for the group, Comrade Abdullahi Dauda, in a telephone interview on Saturday, said party members had been expecting the timetable.

“The fact is many party members have been expecting the timetable since President Muhammadu Buhari told the Caretaker Committee that he will not sit in any meeting for tenure extension for the Mai Mala Buni led Committee. We learnt that Baba’s decision may have forced them to act.”

When contacted on the phone on Saturday, the Secretary to the Caretaker Committee, Senator John James Akpanaudedehe, said members of the party will be informed of any move by the Committee.

Efforts to make him confirm the development yielded no result as he simply said, “You can rest assured that we shall inform you (the media) and our party members of any decision of the Caretaker Committee whenever we meet.”

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Anambra Guber: Gov Abiodun heads APC primary committee

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted the Anambra State governorship primary election committee headed by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the party’s primary poll is scheduled for June 26, 2021.

According to the statement, Sen. John Enoh is Secretary of the committee, while Barr Uba Maigari Ahmadu, Hon. Goodluck Opiah, Cathleen Oby Nwofor, Alhaji Shitu Muhammed and Barr. Sylvester Imohanobe are members.

“In this capacity, the seven-member committee is expected to conduct the primary election to elect the party’s candidate for the governorship election for Anambra State in line with the provisions of our party’s constitution and guidelines for the nomination of candidates,” the party said.

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Soludo emerges APGA governorship candidate in Anambra

Former CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

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Former CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

Soludo emerged winner in Wednesday’s keenly contested primary election in Awka, Anambra State.

The primary election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

His victory comes few hours after a faction of APGA in Anambra suspended him from the party for anti-party activities.

In his acceptance speech, the former CBN governor said he welcomed the nomination of APGA to fly their banner in the forthcoming governorship election.

“I accept your nomination in the November 6 governorship election. I am proud that I came from Anambra. I offer nothing but statement of gratitude, thank you for the mandate to fly our flag. I assure INEC that APGA is a law-abiding party.

“I salute the other aspirants. I salute you. This is the time to unite. We won the primary by over 80 percent, but let us come together. The coming election is consequential for the state. It will determine our match for progression of retrogression,” he said.

Soludo commended previous governors of Anambra for transforming the state, but noted that Governor Willy Obiano had taken the state to the next level.

He said there is no state government in Nigeria with comparable revenue like Anambra State that is doing well than the present administration, saying there is no need to change a winning team.

“We need continuity, consolidation and transformation, we need to build on what is on ground. We will unveil our campaign manifesto in August. I am a poor boy whom God has raised to serve. I have been decorated with over 200 awards.

“I believe it is now time for me to serve my people. I have decided to give back to the people. Opinion polls showed that members of other political parties said they would support Soludo if he emerged APGA candidate,” he said.

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PDP defeats APC to win Kaduna Assembly bye-election

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Alhaji Usman Baba (Ubale) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the bye-election for the Sabon Gari State Constituency seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Declaring the results, the returning officer (RO), Dr Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, announced that Usman Baba was duly elected having satisfied the requirements of the law and polled the highest valid votes cast of 9,113.

He defeated his closest contender from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Musa A. Musa, who polled 7,404 votes.

The returning officer also announced that Anas Abdullahi of the ADC polled 62 votes, Chindo Ibrahim of ADP polled 61 votes and Musa Halilu of PRP polled 305 votes.

Alhough there was low turnout of eligible voters during the election, voters, however, conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner throughout the election.

The Sabon Gari seat initially occupied by the former Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Shagali of the APC, was declared vacant in April, after he was alleged to have absconded from activities of the Assembly for more than 360 days following his removal as the Speaker of the House.

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