Published On: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017

Concern as APC postpones national caucus, NEC meetings

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

The National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2017 respectively have been postponed.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mai-Mala Buni, the party said the postponement is due to unexpected developments, stressing that a new date will be announced in due course.
He however regrets any inconveniences the postponement must have caused.
APC last held a NEC meeting on July 3, 2015, few months after it came into power.
The National Caucus and NEC meetings are usually preparatory meetings to a national convention. The APC had earlier announced that it would hold its mid-term non-elective National Convention on April 29, 2017 in Abuja.
The announcement was made by the Governor of Zamfara State, Abubakar Yari, shortly after governors elected under that platform of the party had held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the APC at its national secretariat, Abuja.
The ruling party has been enmeshed in crisis for over a year with some leaders of the party calling on the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign. Some of those publicly opposed to Mr. Odigie-Oyegun’s leadership include former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, and suspended deputy spokesperson, Timi Frank.
The crisis in the party is believed to be one of the factors militating against convening a NEC meeting.
The spokesman of the party, Mr. Abdullahi said, yesterday, “New dates for the meetings will be communicated in due course.”
Thursday’s announcement therefore, means the national convention of the party may not hold as announced.

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