Barring any last minute change of plans, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold its national convention in the first quarter of this year
The governing party has proposed February for holding the long-awaited convention.
One of the many issues slated for deliberation, it was gathered, is the amendment of the party’s constitution.
It was learnt that some party stakeholders insist that some parts of the constitution will have to be reviewed and modified in line with best practices and to treat some contentious issues it had failed to clearly define and resolve.
An insider revealed that the party’s national vice chairman (North West), Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, has been appointed the secretary of the Constitution Review Committee to receive and collate suggestions and recommendations which will eventually be deliberated on at the convention.
There are subterranean moves by some influential interests in the party’s national leadership to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
It was reported at the end of last year that the party did not hold its national convention as the case should be after every two years, in violation of the provisions of its constitution.
Article 25 (A)(i) of the APC constitution states that the national convention of the party shall be held once in two years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee (NWC) and approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days’ notice to members eligible to attend.
The party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had in an interview promised that the party would hold its national convention in 2016, but that did not happen owing to various challenges the party faced.
Oyegun had said, “We have to amend the constitution. We want to have a convention to approve the amendment of the constitution. The convention will take place within the next three months. The revision of that aspect of the constitution is ready. Notices will go out very soon. So, there is no magic to it. We just want to do things that will be effective; things that will contribute maximally to the party and governance.”
The party’s convention is the avenue to ratify its policies and programmes; elect or remove national officers; elect its presidential candidate, and amend its constitution from time to time as the need may arise.
PDP Lawmakers Move To Rescue Party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the National Assembly has begun moves to reposition the party and put an end to its leadership crisis.
PDP members in the House of Representatives on Tuesday initiated the move during a caucus meeting held ahead of the Court of Appeal judgement which will decide the rightful leadership of the party.
The lawmakers, who met behind closed doors, also discussed the welfare of staffers at the party’s national secretariat who had not been paid their salaries for several months.
The secretariat staff attracted more sympathy from the National Assembly members after they shunned the Ali Modu Sheriff faction’s bid to pay off their salary arrears in exchange for their loyalty.
The staff, under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Forum, had shunned an event scheduled for them to interact with the party’s factional chairman, Sen. Sheriff, on issues in the party.
According to sources privy to the meeting, the same move is expected to be replicated by senators elected on the platform of the party.
Although the meeting was largely attended by the PDP members loyal to the Ahmed Makarfi faction, the lawmakers agreed to commence preparations for a final takeover of the party from Sheriff’s faction.
“How many members of the House are loyal to Shieriff’s faction? They are not more than three, so we are in the majority. We are planning for a final takeover of the party,” a lawmaker hinted.
He also expressed the optimism that since Sheriff’s faction had expressed its readiness to abide by the decision of the Court of Appeal, the leadership crisis rocking the party would soon be over.
“Did you see that Sheriff’s faction has now said it will abide by the decision of the Court of Appeal, that it will not challenge it, so we are very close to getting a final solution to the leadership crisis,” he said.