The All Progressives Congress leadership is considering the first week of December 2021 as a possible date for the party’s national convention.
Our correspondent learned in Abuja on Friday that a date for the zonal congresses will be announced as soon as the rescheduled state congresses take place on October 16.
A member of the party’s national caucus who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation told our correspondent that for the time being, the party is focused on putting its house in order and winning the governorship election in Anambra State.
“As you know, we rescheduled the state congresses to October 16 to allow our major stakeholders to participate in the 61st Independence Day celebration as well as do some house cleaning ahead of the congresses,” the source explained.
“We also have unresolved issues from the ward and local government congresses to address. When we finish the state congresses on the 16th, it will be time to prepare for the zonal congresses before the national convention, which will be the grand finale.
“In the meantime, we have the governorship election in Anambra State, which we are confident of winning.
“The election will be held on November 6, followed by our zonal congresses.
“Regardless of the outcome of the elections, we will conduct a post-mortem before holding our national caucus meeting. You are aware that the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Committee was given the authority of the National Executive Committee.
“The caucus, which includes the President and other key stakeholders such as governors, would then convene and approve plans for the national convention.
“Things like this are not set in stone in politics; consultations are still ongoing. There is also a chance that we will form a committee to investigate the issue of zoning, which will then be presented to the national caucus for approval.
“We hope to do this by the end of next month or early November at the latest, so that interested aspirants can go around and sell themselves for the various vacant National Working Committee offices ahead of the convention.”
Another senior party official, who also requested anonymity, stated, “We are aware of public expectations, and we are doing everything we can to accommodate the various tendencies within the party.”
This explains why some of our activities appear to be slow; we’re just being cautious.”
Aspirants for the position of national chairman, mostly from the North, have already begun holding consultative meetings and establishing offices.
Former Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume, and Sony Moniedaffe, a former Federal Capital Territory Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, are among them.
Senator John Akpanudoedehe, the party’s National Secretary, refused to be drawn into discussions about the convention date and zoning. In response to a question on the subject, he stated, “The party’s caucus will decide.”