APC Convention: Delegates’ Clash Is ‘Nothing Too Serious’ – Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

 

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said the clash between his supporters and those of a former senator who represented Imo West, Senator Osita Izunaso was nothing too serious.

Following the incident which occurred at the venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, the governor noted that it was nothing to be worried about.

“Those bubbles and disagreements do occur, especially when people perceive injustice or something wrong,” he told Channels Television during a live interview on Sunday at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

“When you see many people speaking at the same time, then it becomes a noise; then when you see as a body shuffle and movements, then it could lead to somebody pushing another,” Okorocha added.

The clash occurred after some delegates from Imo and Delta states engaged themselves in a free-for-all.

This happened when President Muhammadu Buhari was addressing members of the party whom he asked to keep faith with the ruling APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the dispute was a fallout of the allocation of the APC National Organising Secretary seat to Imo State by the ruling party.

While the governor reportedly favoured Mr Emma Ibediro for the position, party stakeholders in the South-east region want all national officers from the zone to be re-elected.

After the clash, Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, maintained that “What is so important is that there was nothing so serious that happened and everyone is fine.”

He was, however, optimistic that the convention would spur the party to victory in the coming general elections.

APC Announces Results Of National Convention

APC Announces Results Of National Convention
L-R: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari, Former APC National Chairman John Oyegun, and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong at the APC National Convention in Abuja on June 24, 2018.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday announced some of the results of its elective National Convention ongoing at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

After a long process, Chairman of the National Convention Committee, Governor Abubakar Mohammed (Jigawa State), revealed the names of candidates that have won their elections so far.

Earlier, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole was affirmed the new APC National Chairman by members of the party while and 17 aspirants won other offices unopposed.

Here are some of the results announced so far;

Bolaji Abdullahi – National Publicity Secretary

Sunday Chukwuma – Deputy National Financial Secretary (polled 2,613 votes)

Adamu Fanda – National Treasurer (beat three other aspirants by 2,891 votes)

Ado Oguta – Deputy Legal Adviser (won by 1,454 votes)

Hillary Ekpe – National Vice Chairman (South-south) (won by 2,320 votes)

Emmanuel Omachukwu – National Vice Chairman (South-east) (won by 2,839 votes)

Jacob Chukwuma – National Financial Secretary

Inuwa Abdulkadri – National Vice Chairman (North-west) (won by 1,552 votes)

George Mohgalu – National Auditor

Isah Mabuchu – Deputy National Auditor (won by 2,675 votes)

Victor Geidam – Deputy National Secretary (won by 3,498 votes)

Mustapha Salihu – National Vice Chairman (North-east) (won by 3,834 votes)

Lawal Shuaibu – Deputy National Chairman North

Emma Ebediro – National Organising Secretary

Nduka Ayongo – Ex-Officio (South-south)

Aminu Tumnaga- Zonal Woman Leader

Blessing Onuhua- Zonal Woman Leader (South-east)

David Okumba – Zonal Secretary (South-south)

Zuera Bakare- Zonal Woman Leader (North-west)

John Uwede – Zonal Secretary (South-east)

Timothy Amah – Zonal Organising Secretary (South-east)

Femi Ibedeyi – Zonal Organising Secretary (South-west)

Ade Fadileri – Zonal Organising Secretary (South-south)

Shuaibu Abdulrahman – Zonal Organising Secretary (North-east)

Gabriel Osuori – Zonal Youth Leader (South-south)

Onyeka Osimeka – Zonal Youth Leader (South-east)

Laoke Olanrewaju – Zonal Youth Leader (South-west)

Abubakar Sa’adu – Zonal Youth Leader (North-west)

Kasim Bello Maigari – Zonal Youth Leader (North-east)

Abubakar Shuaib – National Youth Leader

Afeez Bolaji – Deputy National Youth Leader

Salamatu Umar – National Woman Leader

Onye – Deputy National Woman Leader

More to follow…

LIVE UPDATES: APC National Convention – Ruling Party Elects New Leaders

 

The All Progressives Congress is holding its much-anticipated national convention today in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

It is the first time the party will be holding a national convention since it swept to power at the Federal level and in most states in the country while also taking control of the National Assembly.

The convention is taking place eight months before the 2019 general elections and at a time the party is facing increasing internal problems.

Since 2015, the party has witnessed divisions among its members in some states, a development that threatened its ward and state congresses, which were held in May.

There have been friction and clashes between members of the party in the National Assembly, Kogi State, Kaduna State, and Rivers State. The National Assembly has also had an often-frosty relationship with the executive despite APC’s control of both arms of government.

The party’s internal crisis led President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the national leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, to lead the party’s reconciliation efforts in February this year.

Months after, not much has changed in Kogi State where Senator Dino Melaye and Governor Yahaya Bello remain at odds with each other and in Kaduna where the two APC senators from the state have been suspended by the party and did not participate in the congresses.

The crisis within the party was evident during the congresses as factional state congresses were held in some states, including Rivers State.

Tinubu himself and the National Chairman of the Party, John Odigie-Oyegun, have not enjoyed the best of relationship with the former Lagos State governor accusing Odigie-Oyegun in February of sabotaging his reconciliatory efforts.

Furthermore, the decision to hold a national convention was not without its own controversy. It was taken after an initial decision by the National Executive Committee of the party in February to extend the tenure of its National Working Committee by a year effective June was met with criticism by members.

It took the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari for the tenure elongation to be reversed in favour of a national convention.

With ward and state congresses held, the APC is now looking to put its challenges aside and complete the process of choosing leaders as it seeks to consolidate its grip on power in 2019.

Delegates, chieftains, and other members of the party have converged on the nation’s capital for the convention which is taking place at the Eagles Square.

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According to a member of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the National Convention committee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a level playing field will be provided for all contestants.

Of the 65 positions to be filled at today’s convention, 23 are unopposed thereby leaving the contest for 42 aspirants.

About 7,000 delegates are expected to vote.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Party, Odigie-Oyegun, will not be seeking re-election at the convention, leaving former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the sole candidate for the position of National Chairman.

One other position many, especially young people, will be looking out for is that of the Youth Leader. That is because Abdulmumin Abiola, son of the late MKO Abiola, is in the race for the post.

Stay with us for updates as the convention unfolds:

 


Security arrangements for today’s convention are very tight. Five thousand police personnel were deployed for the exercise along with two helicopters and six armoured personnel carrier.


09:30 am: Activities have yet to pick up with the convention venue, the Eagles Square, still largely empty.


10:23 am: Delegates and key party officials have started arriving at the venue of the convention.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is among those who arrived early.


10:59 am: Rainfall has helped to slow things down but more party members are arriving at the venue of the convention. It is still raining, but not heavily.


11:06 am: Some delegates are already seated for the exercise.


Meanwhile Senators Ajayi Boroffice and Adesoji Akanbi have both spoken about their expectations at the convention and the challenges facing the party.



More delegates are arriving at the venue of the convention, which is scheduled to start fully at 1 pm. Many more delegates are already seated for the event.


Meanwhile, here is what the schedule for today’s convention looks like.

It is, however, unclear to what extent the morning rain will affect the schedule.


1:56 pm: The Eagles Square is buzzing now as APC governors, senators, leaders and other prominent politicians have arrived there for the convention. Several ministers, including the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi, have also been spotted at the convention.


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki have also arrived at the convention. But they left not long after and are expected back when things kick off proper.


President Muhammadu Buhari who was scheduled to give a speech at 2 pm, has not arrived at the venue.

 



2:50 pm: President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Saraki are all at the convention now and the programme is set to take off.


3:15 pm; The national convention has commenced fully and the Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Baduru Mohammed, is addressing party members.


3:24 pm: Governor Mohammed rounds off his speech by calling all party members to think progressively and to work towards unity and peace.


3:27 pm: APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, is now addressing the convention. He praised President Buhari for his performance and focus despite attacks and challenges.


3:42 pm: Comedian MC Tagwaye entertains participants at the convention with his usual ploy of mimicking President Buhari.


3:48 pm: President Buhari addresses the convention. He has called on all contestants to accept the outcome and work together to ensure the victory of the party in the general elections.


Governor Baduru is now briefing the participants about the schedule of the election. He is now calling out unopposed candidates for affirmation of their positions.



3:58 pm: BREAKING: The National Convention of the APC has affirmed former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman of the party. Oshiomhole was unopposed.


4:40 pm: Following the affirmation of unopposed candidates and the withdrawal of two others, voting has commenced for the remaining positions.

President Buhari has also voted:


BREAKING: Imo, Delta Delegates Clash At Convention

Meanwhile, just before President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the convention, violence broke out among delegates from Imo and Delta states.




22:27 pm: Voting is still ongoing at the convention. Chairman of the National Convention Committee, Governor Abubakar Badaru Mohammed of Jigawa State, said the process is about 70 per cent completed.

According to him, more aspirants have stepped down taking the total number of positions that are unopposed to 26.


11: 12 PM: Voting has ended and counting has begun.


 

APC To Hold “Extraordinary” National Convention, Adopt 2015 Manifesto

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday disclosed plans to hold an “extraordinary national convention” on Wednesday, 29th Oct. 2014 in Abuja, where the Party will approve amendments to its constitution and also adopt its manifesto for the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the proposed amendments when approved at the national convention will align the party’s constitution better with the Electoral Act and also allow the APC to function more efficiently.

The Party noted that the convention would adopt the six-point manifesto that has been extracted from the one submitted to the electoral umpire, INEC earlier for the purpose of the 2015 general elections.

”The manifesto to be adopted at the extraordinary convention of our party is specifically for the 2015 general elections. Because of shifting priorities, we do not believe that a party manifesto should be one for all time but a document that will adjust to the changing needs of the people.

”In this regard, we have conducted a survey to find out what Nigerians urgently need at the moment to raise their standard of living and ensure their security and welfare, which is the raison d’etre of any government. Based on the outcome of the survey, we have come up with a six-point manifesto, which we extracted from the one we submitted to INEC earlier.

”The six broad priority areas for the APC ahead of the 2015 general elections are National Security, Good Governance, Human Capital Development, Economic Development, Land and Natural Resources as well as Foreign Policy. The issue of job creation, fight against corruption, infrastructural development, health, qualitative education, regular power supply, etc are subsumed under these broad priority areas,” APC said.

According to Mohammed, the adopted manifesto “will be made massively available to all Nigerians, complete with the full details, in many languages”.