There are strong indications that the much-awaited national convention of the All Progressives Congress may hold in July.
The National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, who spoke with our correspondent on Saturday, however, refused to give details of when the convention would be held.
The former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory merely said the caretaker committee would meet the deadline for the convention.
When asked about the date set as deadline for the convention, Akpanudoedehe jokingly said he had forgotten.
“I can tell you that we would meet the deadline for the convention. That is all I can tell you,” he said.
The former minister said he was in his village, adding that he would only speak further on it when he returns to Abuja during the week.
Meanwhile, it was gathered in Abuja, on Saturday, that the Presidency had waded into the convention matter and had, in consultation with other major stakeholders, agreed to work towards holding the convention in “June or July.”
The pressure on the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee to ensure the convention holds on schedule is said to be coming from different blocks of the party. A source privy to the development told our correspondent that it was in line with the resolve to restore confidence in the democratic credentials of the APC that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), held a series of meeting within the last three weeks at different times with some leaders of the party.
Among those he met were the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the pioneer Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande; and the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
The source, who is a member of the party’s National Caucus, said, “There has been a consensus among critical stakeholders of the party to get the national convention over with. The truth is, a further extension of the tenure of the caretaker committee is not on the cards as we speak.
“It is left for the committee to work out ways of ensuring that it gets its act together and ensure that congresses are held in time so that we can have the national convention to elect new leaders. The Presidency has made it clear that proper measures must be put in place for the APC to retain its democratic credentials.”