Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress have said it has begun to search for a suitable candidate to man its National Chairmanship position.
This was revealed yesterday as members of the party leadership and some stakeholders decided to begin the search to keep the “tradition of smooth leadership transition.”
An anonymous party source who spoke with newsmen noted that “The meeting was essential to enable the president to receive the report of the national caretaker committee and for us to approve an extension for them.
“The committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, gave a comprehensive report and made recommendations which the president received and the whole house approved.
“Since the formation of the party, our national chairmen have always emerged by consensus. This to a large extent reduced acrimony and we intend to keep it that way.
“The issue of zoning is also being looked at. I can assure you that we will cross the bridge when we get there. For now, the Anambra governorship primary and winning the election is paramount for us.”
However, other party sources have revealed that the race for the position of national chairman is being zeroed down to aspirants from the North-East and the North-Central.
Meanwhile, the former Governors of Nasarawa State Abdullahi Adamu and Tanko Al-Makura are the leading contenders from the North-Central, while a former Federal Capital Territory Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Sunny Moniedafe from Adamawa State, and former Borno State Governor, Modu Sheriff, represent the North-East.
Earlier, the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had approved the timetable for the conduct of Ward, Local Government and State congresses while receiving the Governor Buni’s report,
This was contained in a statement entitled, “President Buhari Approves Review of CECPC Timeline, Timetable for APC Congresses… Buni-Led CECPC Presents Progress Report To President…APC National Secretariat now Buhari House,” signed by the National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.
“President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the review of the timelines available to the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
“The President approved after detailed consideration of the Progress Report, the schedule of outstanding activities with regards to Congresses, the National Convention and the forthcoming Anambra Governorship election.
“The President also approved the timetable for APC Ward, Local Government and State Congresses. Ward Congresses will hold 24th July 2021 followed by Local Government Congresses on 14th August 2021 and State Congresses on 18th September 2021.”