Hours after PMB’s warning of PDP winning next election, APC Govs set for crucial meeting

Ahead of 2023, The All Progressive Congress [APC] leadership have set a date to deliberate when the party convention would hold.

This was disclosed by Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.

He revealed the development during an interactive session with State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday.

He also explained that the meeting will primarily focus on the proposed date for the convention

Recall that President Buhari in an interview with NTA had earlier warned the party leaders to take the issue of convention seriously.

However Governor Lalong while speaking with Newsmen explained that as a Political Party, the APC was made up of different interests, adding that “what matters is that at the end of the day, we will elect our representatives.”

Asked about what the party leaders were doing to avert the loss forewarned by President Buhari, he said: “Yes, I agree that all the times there are meetings, especially taking final decisions on the party, I’m always part of it and part of it was also why I visited the President and the President still stands committed that there must be an immediate convention.

“You know, when convention is coming, there are fears here and there, some people will tell you it will work, it will not work. I don’t want to jump to conclusion, but the visit to the President has already assured us and you know that there is already a notice that all the governors are meeting on Sunday. By Sunday, we will tell you when we’re doing the convention.

“We’ve taken a date already. I think our first date before Christmas we said we’re going to do convention in February and we are still working for convention, as far as I’m concerned, except things change from another angle. But as far as I’m concerned, we’re working for our convention in February.

“These are things that the President was raising his fears about, but we’ve already given him assurances that nothing will stop us from having a very peaceful election. Some parties have done their own. The PDP did their own, nothing will stop APC from doing their own.

“So, all the fears that we’re talking about, which the President also re-echoed, is also telling the governors, please do more, and keep the party alive. So, by God’s grace, we’re going to put our party alive.

“Well, these are things we’re going to discuss, but I’m not drawing conclusion, but I always tell you that a political party is a cumulation of interests, the interests may be the same, they may not be the same, but at the end of the day, what we’ll do is that we are going to elect people who are going to represent you.”

The Governor ended by saying that Sunday meeting will focus on the proposed date for the convention. He however pointed that the fact that president Buhari has warned the party that it risked losing power to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was more than enough reason for the party to sit up and have a harmonious convention in order to avoid disintegration.

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