After several hours of delay, the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced in top speed.

This follows the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and the outgoing chairman,  John Odigie-Oyegun.

All dignitaries are recognised and seated.

Chairman of the convention, Gov Badaru Mohammed of Jigawa State in his welcome address said the convention was not only to elect new leaders but for members to fraternize ahead of the general election in 2019.

He urged delegate to conduct themselves properly in line with the tenets of discipline and internal democracy.

“I urge delegates to conduct themselves in line with the party’s principles of discipline and internal democracy as the convention has attracted global attention.

“Let us give Nigerians a taste of what to expect in the coming general elections,” he told party members.

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Outgoing National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun in his  opening remarks said though naysayers thought the party was on the verge of implosion, the crowd at the convention shows the party is stronger.

“There are divergent views but the essence (of the convention) is that the APC is a strong party that believes in its vision and that of the President,” he said.

Oyegun further thanked the founding fathers and all members of the party for the support given him.

He noted that as “phase one of the party is over, phase two begins.”

He further wished his successor well in piloting the affairs of the party in the next phase.

President Buhari in his address congratulated those who emerged as executives at the ward, local government and state congresses.

The President said the party will emerge stronger after the convention.

He appealed all to all those that are aggrieved to keep faith.