- The ruling All Progressives Congress has maintained that there is no plan underway to change or alter the date for its national convention
- The chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Atiku Bagudu after a meeting of the forum, made this disclosure at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, March 1
- Meanwhile, Bagudu described as rumours the dispute among the APC Governors, noting that there was unity instead
Despite the pressure put on its activities by the recently released election timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will stick with the March 26 date.
The Nation reports that the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Atiku Bagudu gave this assurance after a meeting of the forum with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He also debunked reports of division among APC Governors.
There had been speculations that a section of the party was pushing for a postponement of the national convention so that it will hold on the same day as the presidential primaries.
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He said the Governors met with the President to congratulate him for signing the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and as well on the victory of the APC in some of the by-elections conducted over the weekend.
Governors at the meeting
Apart from Bagudu, other APC Governors at the meeting were:
- Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)
- Aminu Masari (Katsina)
- Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna)
- Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa)
- Yahaya Bello (Kogi)
- Hope Uzodinma (Imo)
- Gboyega Oyetola (Osun)
- Dapo Abiodun (Ogun)
- Sani Bello (Niger)
- Umar Ganduje (Kano) and out-going Anambra Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke.
APC convention: All eyes on Saliu Mustapha, Etsu as Buhari hints on youthful leadership
Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari's open declaration of support for the younger elements contesting party positions in the ruling APC may have shifted attention to two contenders out of the long list of aspirants for the office of the party's national chairman.
President Buhari maintained what some political actors described as a bold position on the internal politics of the party.
While playing host to members of the APC National Lobby Group led by the party's National Youth Leader, Barr. Ishmael Ahmed, at the State House, the president said it was time to give younger elements in the party the benefit of the saddle of leadership in the party.
National convention: Dada assures APC youths of inclusiveness if elected
Earlier, Olusegun Dada, a 33-year-old Dada APC youth aspirant, recently assured young people in the party of inclusiveness if given the opportunity to emerge as their leader.
He made this known during his official declaration through an open letter he personally addressed to all the APC youths on Tuesday, February 1.
Comrade Dada said his passion for youth inclusion in politics will form the basis to chart the policy drive and execute a template on inclusiveness for progressive youths on the National Working Committee.