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Why we can’t hold a national convention now – APC

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, Abuja

The CECPC Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, led by Governor Mai Mala Buni, of the APC Congress of All Progressives has explained why it is not in a rush to convene a national convention, saying that the precondition for holding such an exercise should be put in place first.

Instead, the committee said it focused on achieving and maintaining true and lasting unity, peace and reconciliation across all party ranks and ahead of the Party’s planned national convention.

APC, in a statement from its undersecretary of National Advertising, Yekini Nabena, was responding to a report that accused the interim committee of surreptitiously seeking an extension of its six-month term.

The CECPC was constituted and inaugurated by the renewed eighth meeting of the APC NEC National Executive Committee in June with a central mandate to achieve peace building, true reconciliation and give a sense of belonging to all Party members.

Nabena said that while a section of the media has been inundated with reports of an extension of the CECPC tenure, “the focus remains on achieving and maintaining the central peace and reconciliation mandate of the APC guard committees.” .

According to him, “It is important that the APC carry out its planned national convention to produce the Party’s national leadership as a united house. Otherwise, the main objective of constituting the CECPC after the dissolution of the National Labor Committee (NWC) of the immediate past will be defeated ”.

The statement said that the CECPC led by Governor Buni has deployed a combination of true reconciliation, consultation and inclusion to achieve unity and cohesion in the Party.

“To reposition the Party to ensure good governance, Governor Buni proposed the recently inaugurated Executive / Legislative / APC tripartite Advisory Committee which is ensuring synergy, good governance and accelerated implementation of the Next Level agenda.

“A peacemaker and stabilizing voice, Governor Buni is meeting with all known party leaders, groups, and interests to satisfy all interests. This has resulted in a renewed commitment on the part of party members.

“Before the planned APC National Convention and indeed the 2023 General Election, stakeholders must continue to support the CECPC’s efforts to unite the party and make it formidable enough to consolidate the status of national government. of APC and its historical achievements. The APC must not enter a National Convention, and indeed a general election in crisis. We must take one step at a time and ensure that the ongoing national reconciliation process being carried out by the CECPC is sustained, successful and continues to deliver results, ”the party said.

Nabena said it is not surprising that elected members of the National Executive Committee (Non-National Labor Committee) at a recent meeting with the party’s national leadership passed a vote of confidence in the APC CECPC led by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

“This was the sequel to a vote of confidence previously approved in the CECPC by 36 APC state presidents, including the Federal Capital Territory.

“To move forward with dedicated party members, CECPC is already working with the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the reward system for dedicated and loyal party members, particularly in the appointment of party members. party that deserves it in various government boards, agencies and parastatals.

“It is commendable that the Party’s consultative leadership style instituted by Governor Buni as APC CECPC chairman has brought back many prominent Party members and leaders, including the former national president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Barnabas Gemade; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Dr. Alex Otti among others.

“The registration, updating and planned revalidation at the national level of the Party membership registry will undoubtedly consolidate the political and numerical status of APC as the largest political party in Nigeria.

“In addition, the CECPC has revived the Party’s internal dispute resolution mechanisms and has established reconciliation committees for Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Imo, Ogun, Ekiti, among other chapters of the States with reported disputes. The Committees are already meeting with key stakeholders in the various states and have achieved substantial reconciliation in many states.

“Success stories of ongoing reconciliation efforts abound. The case points are Cross River State, where the CECPC reconciled the two factions and appointed a State Oversight Committee led by Senator Matthew Mbu (Jr.) as Acting President of the State. In Ondo State, all would-be governors rallied, campaigned and worked for the successful re-election of APC candidate Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

“In Akwa Ibom state, the CECPC brought all the conflicting interests under one roof and achieved a real reconciliation. Today, in Akwa Ibom, leaders like Senator Godswill Akpabio, Obong Nsima Ekere, Mr. Umana O. Umana, Senator Ita Enang, Barr. Bassey Dan Abia (Snr), among others, are working together and in the collective pursuit of the Party’s interests.

“At the national level and under the auspices of the CECPC, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, have resolved in the interest of the Party to work together and strengthen it, particularly in the South-South geopolitical zone ”, he stated.

Nabena recalled that the APC CECPC led by Governor Buni met last Tuesday at the National Party Secretariat and reviewed the implementation of the CECPC’s three-month action plan.

“It is important to recognize the fact that the previous internal party crisis, which unfortunately was allowed to escalate before the arrival of the CECPC, distracted the public’s attention from appreciating the monumental steps that the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is doing to fulfill the three fundamental electoral promises of APC that fight against corruption, security and the renewal of the economy after 16 years of mismanagement and mismanagement of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) ”, added APC.

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