APC Governors: "No Buhari, No National Convention"
Twenty- four governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said the party’s national convention will not hold until Baba comes home.
At the end of a closed-door meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC), led by John Odigie-Oyegun, it was resolved that President Buhari, currently attending to his health in the United Kingdom (UK), must be around before the party could discuss modalities for its convention.
Zamfara state governor Abdulaziz Yari, said the party would proceed with processes for its non-elective convention to fill existing vacancies in the party executive.
He further disclosed that the process would commence on July 29, with the conduct of state congresses.
“We have been on this matter of convention but you know that the president is the leader of this party, one, before getting to the convention, there is some kind of process, the national working committee (NWC) must agree on the time and at the same time we have to adopt what the report submitted by the national working committee to the larger NEC members which the president must be in attendance as a leader of the party and you know the situation of our president,” Yari said.
“We have been fixing time but because of his illness we are unable to hold the meeting but we have to put a kind of process in place so that we can at least a mid-term convention, it is not an elective convention.”
Yari said the party’s leaders will meet with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the matter.
“We have agreed collectively that we are going to meet with acting president. He should understand that he is acting in capacity of the president of the country as well as the vice-president,” he said.
He further noted that the senatorial bye-election victory of Ademola Adeleke on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party is “a wake-up call” to members of the APC.