BREAKING: Protests looms at APC national secretariat as Kogi party chieftains raises alarm over ‘secret’ delegates
- There is currently disquiet in the ruling APC in Kogi state over the selection of adhoc delegates ahead of the 2023 governorship election
- Angry party chieftains say the mere fact that campaigns are ongoing indicates that the timing is not right
- There are fears that due to the number of the aggrieved APC chieftains, the party’s national secretariat faces a likelihood of protests
FCT, Abuja – The decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to hold Adhoc delegates congress on Tuesday, February 7, has thrown the party into disarray.
The national secretariat of the APC had on Friday, February 3, announced the composition of the Electoral Panel headed by Lawan Samaila Abdullahi to conduct the primaries to pick adhoc delegates.
Legit.ng gathered that the delegates are expected to elect a gubernatorial candidate for the party during the Saturday, April 8 governorship primary election in the north-central state.
But the decision has not gone down well with some members of the party who wondered why the party would pick this time when campaigns for the various offices are in top gear for such an exercise.
A chieftain of the party from Okene, Alhaji Ahmed Oiza who fumed at the decision told journalists that those behind the decision do not mean well for the party.
“Why the haste to elect adhoc delegates? We still have until late March to do the congress so why must be we be distracted from the campaigns going on at the moment. Even our party’s constitution is very clear on the time frame within which to conduct Adhoc delegates Congresses.
”Let me ask a pertinent question, gentlemen of the press. Why are Imo and Bayelsa states not also holding their congresses on the same February 7? Why Kogi? Why distract us?”
Already, several media reports indicate that different groups in the party are already warming up for protests to the national headquarters of the APC in Abuja beginning from Monday, February 6.
Members say there is a need to move the congress till March so as to allow members concentrate especially on the presidential campaign going on across the country.
Alhaji Oiza added:
“This is simply a political ambush aimed at favouring a particular candidate and must be resisted by all concerned.”
PDP sponsoring fake news against Tinubu in northern Nigeria – APC
Meanwhile, the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the APC has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of stage-managing fake news against Tinubu.
Bayo Onanuga, director, media and publicity of the APC PCC made the accusation in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 29.
He said the fake news content sponsored by the opposition is mostly in Hausa language targeted at voters in northern Nigeria.
‘Tinubu will sustain Buhari’s legacy,’ says Senator Sabi Abdullahi
On his part, the Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has said that Tinubu would sustain the legacy of President Buhari.
Senator Abdullahi made the comment on Monday, January 30 while commissioning a rehabilitated stadium in Niger state.
According to him, Tinubu is the ideal person to continue from where Buhari stopped and sustain the president’s legacies.