APC Governors Forum has declared that there was no plan to change the date of national convention of the All Progressives Congress scheduled for March 26 despite the election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
This was made known by the forum’s chairman, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, following the governors meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Tuesday in Abuja.
After INEC issued the 2023 elections timetable, there were rumours that a fraction of the party was working towards the postponement of the national convention in order to make the election of party national executives and primaries hold on the same day.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed March 26 as the new date for its national convention. The development comes weeks after the party announced that the national convention would hold on February 26.
But, while addressing the newsmen Bagudu said that the stipulated date of the convention will not change.
He said, “Last week, we were in this hall (Villa Briefing Room), about 20 APC governors, and this question came up, and we clearly said we came to discuss the national convention, which is slated for March 26 and are working hard to ensure that on March 26, we have our convention and elect our national officers and that remains the case.
The Kebbi State Governor also rubbished the speculation that the governors are still having different view over the party’s direction regarding zoning and chairmanship.
“There is no altercation. As a body, the 22 governors of the APC are united behind the party and Mr President,” he said.
On the purpose of their visit, Bagudu said that the governors also visited the President to congratulate him for signing the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the APC’s victory in some of the bye-elections conducted last weekend.
Governors at the meeting with the President include Aminu Masari of Katsina, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, and the deputy governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.