Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party for Thursday next week.
The meeting comes after several postponements and accusations against the party leadership of failure to convene statutory meetings as stipulated in the APC’s constitution.
Some of the issues that would form the agenda for the meeting include the consideration of results of state congresses, financial report, as well as date for convention.
Also to be tabled during the NEC meeting is proposed amendments in the party’s constitution.
As a prelude to the crucial meeting, APC governors met on Wednesday to articulate positions on various issues of concern to the party.
It was learnt that the meeting of the governors under the auspices of the Progressives Governors Forum was held at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
Key stakeholders in APC are increasingly getting worried that if nothing is done to rally its members through convening of NEC meeting and national convention, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might gain upper hand ahead of the 2019 Elections.
Before President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from his medical trip, APC governors had tried to interface with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
However, it was learnt that the party had to jettison the idea after a failed bid to convince Osinbajo to accept to pick a date for the NEC meeting on behalf of the ailing president.
Article 25 (A)(i) of the APC constitution state: “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 NEC subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days notice given to members eligible to attend.”
It is on record that APC last held a national convention on December 10, 2014 during which President Muhammadu Buhari emerged as its presidential candidate.
BY SAY RAMONI