The All Progressives Congress (APC) has once again shifted dates for the conduct of its ward, local and state congresses.
National Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John Akpanudoedehe, conveyed the party’s decision to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a letter dated July 6,2021.
The ward and local government congresses was initially fixed for July 24 and August 14, while the state congresses was fixed for September 18.
In the letter addressed to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, no reason was given for the postponement.
“We refer to our letter reference number APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/021/20, dated 10, June 2021, on the above subject and wish to inform the Commission that the party has rescheduled its congresses and national convention to a later date which will be communicated to you.
“This serves as a formal notification pursuant to the provisions of section 85 of the Electoral Act (2010) as amended.
“While hoping to receive your cooperation, please, accept the assurance of my highest esteem,” the statement read in part.
But Nigerian Tribune reported that the party took the decision following the failure of the contractor handling the printing of nomination forms to deliver ahead of time and the extension of the membership registration and revalidation exercise in four states.
Akpanudoede confirmed that the party wrote to the electoral umpire to inform it of the review of its earlier dates for congresses.
He said: “The document in circulation does not intend a postponement of the congresses. How it leaked from INEC is strange.
“It is to cure the legal land mine occasioned by Section 85 of the Electoral Act on the issuance of 21 days notice to INEC, bearing in mind that the earlier date we released was not sacrosanct.”