APC summon its governors to Abuja for crucial meeting on Buhari’s health, convention

A report by Vanguard has indicated that the APC has summoned its 23 state governors for a crucial meeting in Abuja on Thursday, March 2.

According to the report, the party leadership and the state executives are expected to discuss on the state of the nation as well as its forthcoming non-elective national convention slated for April 29.

Party sources also say the health vacation of President Buhari is also top of the list of the meeting’s agenda.

A top-level source at the party’s secretariat in Abuja confirmed that some of the governors are not pleased with the fact that they could not visit the president.

He said: “You would also have observed how the President’s handlers have effectively fenced out the national leadership of the party from visiting him.

‘’In fact, it took some level of pressure to even get the national chairman present during one of those telephone conversations between the acting president and President Buhari.”

Ahead of the convention, the party is supposed to convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting but the absence of the president is said to have divided party leaders.

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While some want the party leadership to wait for the President’s return, others say it should not be a big deal having Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, preside over the NEC meeting.

The meeting would also seek the buy-in of the governors, many of who appear disinterested in the forthcoming national convention of the party because of its non-elective nature.

‘’But because the convention is non-elective, it is natural for anyone to feel that there is nothing at stake for now, hence the seeming lack of interest,” the source explained.

The meeting might also broach the issue of power equation in the event that the president becomes interminably indisposed.

Meanwhile, a recent media report had indicated that there are moves within the APC to whittle down the influence of its Board of Trustees (BoT).

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The latest plan reportedly being hatched is to totally scrap the BoT and replace it with a leaner and more amenable body that would function in that capacity without enormous powers.

The BoT which serves as the eye and conscience of the party is to be replaced with a body under a suggested name of ‘Elders Forum.’

 

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