Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement signed by its interim National Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that it will commence the sale of form to aspirants for various offices in the National Working Committee (NWC) on February 14.
The party has also fixed February 26 for its national convention in Abuja.
Akpanudoedehe said a timetable and schedule of activities for the convention were adopted at the 19th regular meeting of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party.
He said the activities will begin with receiving the interim report of the APC national reconciliatory team led by a former Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, on January 31.
This will be followed by the adoption of reports on state congresses and the inauguration of state executives elected at the party’s just concluded congresses.
He said all interested aspirants for the NWC offices are expected to pick up the forms on February 14 and make submission with necessary documents not later than February 19.
At least 11 persons have formally declared interest in the party’s apex seat, six of whom are former governors.
They are Tanko Al-Makura, Abdul’Aziz Yari, Ali Modu Sheriff, and Isa Yuguda, the former governors of Nasarawa, Zamfara, Borno and Bauchi states respectively.
Also in the race are Danjuma Goje and George Akume, both former governors of Gombe and Benue respectively.
Other aspirants include Sani Musa, Saliu Mustapha, Sylvester Moniedafe, Sani Shinkafi, and the 36 years old Etsu Mohammed.
Akpanudoehede said February 20 to 22 was slated for the screening of all aspirants.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – 24th – 25th of February 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee (NEC) – 26/02/2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention – 28/02/2022,” he added.
Meanwhile, the APC has refuted releasing any zoning arrangement for the national convention.
Akpanudoedehe said at no time did the committee discuss the zoning arrangement for the national convention at its meeting.
He said “I am here to debunk the fake news going around on the social media that we have zoned offices. We are yet to meet on the issue of zoning.
“The news and rumour making round are fake news. We never discussed the issue during our deliberations. People should disregard the story because it is fake news. It is not true.”