2019: Fresh Crisis In APC Over Congresses, Convention
Fresh crisis looms in the APC over the conduct of congresses and national convention for election of officials at ward, local government, state and national levels.
A time table has been drawn by some National Working Committee (NWC) with some members suspecting foul play.
They have alleged that it was done in such a way that elections would not be possible, thereby leaving the party no choice than to go for affirmation and extension of the tenure of those in office.
Bounce News gathered that in the timetable, ward congresses are scheduled for May 2, councils May 5 and states on May 7, with the national convention slated for around mid-May.
Going by what is involved in the conduct of congresses, including logistics and funds, some members of APC are kicking against the timetable.
According to them, the sole intention of those who drew up the timetable is to cause a stalemate and force the party to stick to the present leaders.
Speaking with our correspondent, a chieftain of the party in Lagos said most leaders of the party have no idea how the timetable came about.
He alleged that the entire process has been hijacked by a few NWC members to ensure the process does not succeed, so they can come back.
"What we are hearing is that they want to release it close to the election dates, so that, in the end, they will come up with excuses that there are no logistics to go ahead with the congresses and, therefore, the party should opt for affirmation."
“The moves to have us go for affirmation is simply to return all the members of excos, which to some of us, is getting tenure elongation through the backdoor. I say so because if we do transparent congresses and convention, most of these people cannot return. And they know it.”
Asked if affirmation was not part of the party’s constitution, the source further said it can only come in where there are no other contestants for such offices.
Recall that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had on Monday approved the conduct of congresses and national convention.
With NEC’s resolution, the John Oyegun-led NWC had written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to notify it of the events.FOR MORE FRESH STORIES, DOWNLOAD BOUNCE NEWS APP HERE