Once again the forthcoming national convention of ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] has been bedevilled by controversies as members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party [nPDP] bloc have been allegedly removed from the convention planning committee.
Some members were said to be dropped from the committee during the inauguration of the convention sub-committees yesterday in Abuja.
Consequently, the removed nPDP members launched a protest accusing the Presidency and some party hierarchies of doctoring the list.
ElombahNews gathered that several names initially published by the party were removed on the orders of the Presidency during the inauguration of the sub-committees by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State.
It was not immediately clear the names of those who were dropped
One of the protesting APC chieftains, who pleaded not to be named, told Vanguard:
“We were told that the wife of the President sent in about 50 names to be replaced from the original list.”
Also, members of staff of the national secretariat of the party were seen grumbling over their fate as they said they were not carried along in the process leading to the convention.
After the inauguration, Governor Badaru said the date of the convention was still undecided.
That is owing to the fact development that some of the committee members suggested that the convention be held on June 23 as opposed to the June 2 initially planned.
“It was suggested today (yesterday) that we should have the convention on June 23 but we will have to discuss it with the national secretariat to confirm the date,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor dismissed concerns that his committee was planning to spend about N6 billion on the convention.
He said: “We are raising it (the money) among the party members and they have started donating. ‘’I am very sure it is very far less than that.
“Tomorrow (today), we are getting all the budgets from all the sub-committees but I can assure you that it is far less.
“Knowing me and knowing what I stand for, you will know that it will be the cheapest convention ever.”
Recently, members of the nPDP had condemned what they termed disenfranchisement, marginalization and neglect by the party.
They also issued a 7-day ultimatum for the party to redress their concerns, otherwise, they will pull out of the party.
The issued ultimatum caused division among the group as some members dissociated themselves from the bloc.
Meanwhile, APC spokesman has confirmed that Kebbi Governor Bagudu will heads the 77-member APC National Campaign Council for Ekiti Governorship Election.
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