Make the date of the convention public, the interim APC committee has been informed
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) CEO Dr Salihu Lukman called on the All Progressive Congress (APC) Interim Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to release the date of the party’s national convention so as not to leave room for speculation.
The Director General made the appeal yesterday in Abuja during the public presentation of his new book entitled “APC and Campaign for New Nigeria”.
He said the book essentially called on the party leadership to prioritize internal negotiation, adding that the leaders showed a very good ability to make sacrifices and that is how the party was formed. in the first place.
Regarding the party convention slated for February, Lukman said he was pleased with the information party members have received from the media that the Guardians Committee has confirmed that the convention will take place in February.
He said: âMy call is for the Guardian Committee to remain proactive; certain matters should not be allowed to enter into speculation. I think the information on the date of the convention should be made public so that every party member knows when the convention is going to be held in February.
âWe must congratulate the leaders of SE, Mai Mala Buni, for having lived up to this opportunity and for asserting that the date of February is sacrosanct. Thus, party members should expect a specific date to be announced by the Guardians Committee. “
Lukman pointed out that his new book again urges party leaders to prioritize the issue of relations, because the major political challenge in your country today is the mismanagement of relations between party leaders.
He stressed that this created a lot of internal crises, stressing that as the party congress approaches, the meetings of the statutory organs of the party should resume in order to settle a number of issues, especially with regard to the congresses.
Lukman added, “Our leaders should be able to call a meeting, possibly a National Caucus or National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, prior to the convention, on the basis of which we can begin to resume the process of reorganizing ourselves.” and face the challenge of providing leadership to this country as we move towards 2023. â
âI am convinced that we will continue to defend a situation where our politics within the party are based on problems, because Nigeria is too passionate about personalities. What is most important is the commitment of party leaders to the issues.
The party leader clarified that he was not opposed to direct primaries, but added that there are certain conditions that must be met for direct primaries to provide the democratic platform that will confirm members’ votes. individual party.
Lukman said some of these conditions include the fact that political party membership must be very clear; this should not be contested.
He noted that the ruling party has prioritized the development of its membership database through the process of membership registration and revalidation.
Lukman said, âThe whole debate about the direct versus indirect primary is basically a PCA issue. To this extent, my position is to call on the leadership of the National Assembly to provide the necessary leadership so that we do not get confused.
âMy argument was that the original bill that went to a public hearing did not include all of these provisions. It was because of the momentary anger, I think, which led to the situation where members of the National Assembly felt compelled to change the law and include direct primaries.
The issues which are necessary in the electoral law and which are not contentious are the issues of electronic transmission of results and all other matters.
He urged lawmakers to work with President Muhammadu Buhari so that they do not throw out the baby with the bathwater.