- The northern stakeholders in APGA want the party's chairmanship position zoned to their area
- The stakeholders further demand that the party's forthcoming national convention be held in Abuja
- The members want the ward, local government, state and national conventions be held according to the laws of the party
A fresh crisis is brewing in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the northern stakeholders of the party are insisting on producing its national chairman ahead of its forthcoming elective national convention.
Legit.ng learnt that their demand is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Abuja.
According to them, the re-zoning was necessary to ensure equity in line with federal character principle.
Daily Sun reports that the meeting had in attendance top party chieftains including Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, Polycarp Gankon.
“The stakeholders enjoined all leaders of the party at all levels to see and embrace the need to keep the party to remain more united to enable it go in and out of the forthcoming wards, local government, state congresses and national convention successfully in accordance with the provision of the party’s constitution, electoral act 2010 as amended and the 1999 constitution.
“The stakeholders further reaffirmed the provisions of the APGA constitution article 18, which deals with the zoning of party offices: The composition of offices of the executive committee and other principal organs at the executive level of the party shall reflect the principle of the federal character except in the case of states, local government and wards, which are ethically homogeneous. The composition shall take into account of the electoral delineation of the area,” The communiqué which was signed by Shinkafi and Gankon said.
The communiqué said the meeting further resolved that the National Working Committee (NWC) should fix the date for the wards, local government, states and national convention in line with the provisions of article 19(4) of the APGA constitution.
“The northern stakeholders reaffirmed that the party shall strictly enforce the zoning/rotations principle of the party offices across six geo-political zones of the country in the election of members of the NWC in the next national convention.
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“The northern stakeholders suggested that the forthcoming national convention should take place in Abuja, as the party has only held its convention in 2003, when Chekwas Okorie was the national chairman.
“All the delegates that will attend the convention must be delegates constitutionally recognised by the party’s constitution. The NEC should approve guidelines and regulations for the conduct of congresses and the national convention,” they said while condemning the current composition of the NWC members of the party.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Chief Victor Oye, national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), recently said that Igbos have totally lost out the in the political scheme by not voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the election.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo had endorsed Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party for president.
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