APC State Chairmen call for convocation of National Convention

By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja

The Forum of State Chairmen of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to conduct Congresses and conven the National Convention of the party within the time frame given it by the National Executive Committee last December.

The forum also appealed for the extension of the membership registration and revalidation exercise which ended officially on Wednesday, March 31st nationwide.

Addressing newsmen after the forum’s meeting which lasted for almost two hours in Abuja on Wednesday night the Forum Chairman and Bornu State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon. Ali Buka Dalori said the mass turnout of old and new members for the membership registration and revalidation exercise called for an extension of the exercise.

The Forum however called for immediate conduct of Congresses and the convocation of the National Convention, as well as completion of all other tasks assigned to the Caretaker Committee by NEC within the time frame given at the last NEC meeting.

According to Dalori, “we have seen tremendous turnout if Nigerians and the mass increase in the party strength in the last few months, and it is only proper that we allow the exercise to progress to the best of conclusion.

“Immediately after the commencement of the exercise, we all saw the need for an extension to accommodate the second stage of the exercise in view of the mass turnout of Nigerians to associate with the party that was not fully prepared for. Having reviewed the development and making arrangement for requisite materials to accommodate all into the fold of the party, hence the need for further extension has logically arise.”

Justifying their position further, Dalori noted some states only recently received registration materials to commence the second phase of the exercise due to logistics bottleneck and complexity of the distribution process of registration materials, adding that such affected states are unable to meet up with the scheduled timetable.

“We, the state Chairmen of APC therefore, by this medium, appeal to leadership of the party and the CECPC to consider in the interest of the party and all intending members of the party across the country, to consider and effect a further extension of the exercise.

“We are therefore recommending an extension of all the exercise to enable us bring into the fold all willing citizens in our various states.

“Thus, after the conduct and conclusion of membership registration/ revalidation exercise we urgently call for;
(a) the immediate conduct of Congresses and convening of the National Convention; and
(b) to allow for completion of all other tasks assigned to CECPC (by NEC) within the time frame.”

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