Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially from the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), have protested what they called deliberate exclusion of their names from the national convention committee.
The protesters alleged that their names earlier published by the convention committee have been removed on the order from above, which prompted their decision to protest during the inauguration of sub-committees by the Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru.
Some of the protesters who said their names were initially on the published lists were seen publicly protesting, even as they accused the party of replacing about 50 names from the original list. Some of the names removed from the list were said to be members of the aggrieved New People Democratic Party (nPDP) in APC.
One of the protesting APC chieftains, who pleaded not to be named, told newsmen that, “We were told that t 50 names were sent to be replaced from the original list.”
Addressing journalists shortly after the inauguration, the convention committee chairman , Abubakar Badaru, said some of the committee members suggested that the convention should be held on the 23rd of June.
“It was suggested today that we should have the convention on 23rd of June; but we will have to discuss it with the National secretariat to confirm the date.”
Badaru also denied media report that his committee was planning to spend about N6 billion on the forthcoming exercise, adding that, “We are raising it among the party members and they have started donating. I’m very sure it very far less than that. Tomorrow, we are getting all the budgets from all the sub-committees, but I can assure you that it far less. Knowing me and knowing what I stand for, you will know that it will be the cheapest convention ever.”
Badaru however assured that the recent parallel congresses witnessed in many state of the federation, will be resolved before the national convention.
“I’m sure they will be resolved before the time of the convention. Most of those issues will find ways to be resolved in due time,” he said.
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