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APC Convention may be postponed again, 2023 as a factor

There are indications the party leadership may be forced to postpone the national convention from June.

The convention was initially planned to hold last December but was postponed to June this year after a National Executive Committee meeting presided over by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, held in early December at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Another postponement, which is imminent, is already causing rancour in the ruling party which has witnessed various power blocs jostling to control the structure of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Meanwhile, the party’s membership registration/revalidation was extended by three weeks after protesters in their hundreds on March 29 grounded activities at the national headquarters of the APC in Abuja to demand an extension.

On March 31 when the exercise was to end, chairmen of the state chapters of the APC also called for an extension of the nationwide membership registration and revalidation exercise.

The Buni-led panel subsequently announced on April 1 an extension of the nationwide membership registration by three weeks.

The committee is expected to have in the same vein announced the date of the party’s national convention in June but it has not done so up till now.

The DG of the PGF, however, criticised the three-week extension of the nationwide membership. According to him, the “needless extension” of the exercise only serves to strengthen the suspicions that the caretaker committee is reluctant to organise a national convention where new leadership of the party will be elected.

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