Speculations of more instability in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC heightened on Monday after the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC strongly rebuffed claims of an imminent release of guidelines for the conduct of congresses.
The congresses are expected to pave way for the election of new leaders of the party at all levels.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that there have been insinuations that the Governor Mala Buni led CECPC is procrastinating conducting the congresses to ensure the extension of its tenure which was expected to end in June 2021.
The Nation newspaper believed to be owned by influential national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had on Monday reported plans to release the guidelines for the congresses.
It is believed that the congresses will lead to the enthronement of a new leadership that would be sympathetic to Tinubu’s presidential aspiration.
However, denying the claim of an imminent release of the guidelines for the congresses, Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe said in a statement described the reports as the handiwork of political jobbers as it asked the public to discountenance the claims.
While asking stakeholders to completely disregard the “misinformation, antics and schemes of these fifth columnists,” he said:
“Our attention has been drawn to obviously coordinated and syndicated misinformation being circulated in some sections of the media on purported plans and timetable for Congresses and the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
“We have never lied on our party activities and we simply have no reason to. The consultative party leadership style instituted by Governor Mai Mala Buni as Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has institutionalised the APC as a party of processes and internal democracy.
“The CECPC is focused and is delivering its mandate to recover, rebuild and reposition the APC as well as achieve peace-building, true reconciliation and to give a sense of belonging to every member of the Party.
“On Monday 17th May 2021, the APC National Secretariat resumed from the Sallah break and will also resume work on several ongoing and important party activities. As usual, we will promptly communicate outcomes of these activities through official channels when available.”