National convention: APC clears air on suspension rumours

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that its national convention will hold next month as planned.

Reacting to speculations that the party has suspended the convention, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Wednesday, described the reports as “fake news”.

Akpanudoedehe noted that the dates for party activities such as meetings, primaries, congresses, national conventions are communicated through well-known official channels and not through ‘sources’.

“The faceless authors and sponsors of fake news on APC activities, in this case the planned National Convention are simply bent on causing confusion and formenting crisis through misinformation. We should not enable them.

“As a focus-driven, process-oriented political party, the APC Caretaker Committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni will not be distracted by self-serving antics of these sponsors of fake news. The APC Caretaker Committee is already embarking on nationwide consultations with Party stakeholders to prepare the ground for a rancour-free National Convention. To this end, the sub-committee on budgeting and other substructures will be set up in due course,” the statement read in party.

The APC scribe added that the ruling party appreciates the continued support of well-meaning members and leaders as its caretaker committee undertakes the immediate task of addressing contestations within the party, litigations, fallouts of recently-conducted congresses and generally reposition the party ahead of the national convention.

Meanwhile, a serious crisis has reportedly rocked the APC following the efforts by bigwigs in the party to hijack the national hierarchy ahead of the much-anticipated convention.

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