APC Convention: NWC Meets Tuesday To Ratify Delegates’ List
The John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Tuesday meet to take a final decision on the list of delegates and candidates for the June 23 national convention.
Tuesday's meeting is coming on the heels of tension generated by speculations that the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led Screening Appeals Committee had disqualified the three aspirants vying for positions zoned to the South-East.
The three persons are: the incumbent National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, the National Auditor, George Moghalu and the National Vice-Chairman (South-East), Emma Enekwu.
The Okorocha-led screening appeals panel had announced that about 19 aspirants seeking election into various party positions were disqualified by the screening panel.
Out of this number, 18 of those affected petitioned his committee. He noted that there were petitions against some aspirants to the offices of National Organising Secretary and the National Women Leader.
He told reporters that if his committee upheld the position of the screening committee on the 19 persons, “it means they have been disqualified from contesting the election".
Okorocha also said: “If there is anybody who has been screened and there is a petition against him, we have the power to uphold his qualification or disqualify him based on the merits of the petition.
“The screening appeal is the final appeal in this case. After this appeal committee, the next appeal will be after election appeal which will come after the convention.
“We have petitions against all other positions except that of the national chairman and national secretary.
"However, there is a general petition as to whether members of the NWC can be judges in their own case, having supervised the congresses and now coming to present themselves for election.
"We are also looking at that".
When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed plans by the NWC to hold a meeting on Tuesday, but gave no further details.