The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to meet on Sunday to decide on a definite date in February for the conduct of its national convention.
According to the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, the Sunday meeting to be attended by APC governors in Abuja, will centre on the proposed date for the convention.
He said that President Buhari warned that the party risks losing power to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a signal for the party to have a seamless convention so that it will not disintegrate.
Lalong, who spoke to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said the governors elected under the umbrella of the ruling party have now given the president the assurance that the APC convention will still hold in February.
Quizzed about ongoing efforts by APC leaders to avert losses in 2023, Lalong said, “Thank you for that question. Yes, I agree that all the times there are meetings, especially taking final decisions on the party, I’m always part of it and part of it was also why I visited the President and the President still stands committed that there must be an immediate convention.
“You know, when a convention is coming, there are fears here and there, some people will tell you it will work, it will not work. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but the visit to the President has already assured us and you know that there is already a notice that all the governors are meeting on Sunday. By Sunday, we will tell you when we are doing the convention.
“We’ve taken a date already. Before Christmas, we said we’re going to do the convention in February and we are still working towards that, as far as I’m concerned. Except things change from another angle. But as far as I’m concerned, we’re working for our convention in February.”
The Governor explained that despite the concerns the President raised, the governor’s are determined that nothing will stop them from holding a peaceful election.
“Some parties have done their own, the PDP did its own, nothing will stop APC from doing its own.
“So, all the fears that we’re talking about, which the President also re-echoed, are also telling the governors to please do more and keep the party alive. So, by God’s grace, we’re going to put our party alive,” he said.