By Gbenga Gbelee
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress and the
Party’s governors have fixed July 29, 2017, for the party’s ward congresses which
marks the beginning of the APC’s national convention.
They also set a committee, headed by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai,
to come up with the ruling party’s definition of restructuring.
Others in the 10-member committee include the governors of Osun State, Mr. Rauf
Aregbesola; Mallam Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, and Governor Simon Lalong of
Other members are Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; a former
governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor; the APC National Organising
Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso; the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji
Abdullahi; as well as Hajia Fatima Bala.
Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi will serve as the committee’s secretary.
These were part of the decisions reached after a three-hour closed-door meeting
between the APC’s NWC and the governors elected on the platform of the party in
The party leadership also agreed that henceforth, principal officers of the National
Assembly, who are members of the party, would be part of the NWC/governors’
Addressing journalists after the meeting, APC’s National Publicity Secretary and
former Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said some of the key issues
discussed include restructuring, the national convention and the processes leading to
the national convention of the party.
He said the party feels the need to sit down and develop a shared understanding of
what it meant by restructuring in its manifesto.
Mallam Abdullahi said the committee which is headed by Kaduna State Governor,
Mallam Nasir el-Rufai is saddled mainly with the responsibility to define what the
APC means by restructuring for the understanding of members and not a committee to
set up modalities for the restructuring
Also, the Zamfara State Governor, Abdul-Aziz Yari, who spoke on behalf of the APC
governors, explained that the ward congresses of the party would start the process
leading up to the national convention.
Gov. Yari said a number of issues were discussed ranging from congresses, which will
commence on Saturday to elect two delegates for the convention.
The Zamfara state helmsman also noted that the relationship between the governors
and the National Assembly coupled with the need to have a meeting between the
principal officers of the National Assembly, the governors and the party also came up
The governor added that the party leadership reviewed the Osun State senatorial
election and came to the conclusion that mistakes were made and strategies should be
put in place to avoid such in the future.
Gov. Yari dismissed insinuations that the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party in
the Osun State election meant that the party had resurrected in the state.
Rather, He described it as a wake-up call on how to deal with things like that in future.
Asked if the recent development in the opposition PDP was responsible for APC’s
decision to reactivate its convention mechanism, Gov. Yari reaffirmed the position of
the party’s constitution which clearly states the process for convening the party’s
He made it clear that the party has to put a process in place for its mid -term
convention adding that it is not an elective convention and the three delegates to be
elected on Saturday, July 29, will be the delegates for the convention, which will fill
some of the existing vacancies.
In his opening remarks, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-
Oyegun, said the turnout of the governors at the meeting indicated that it had become
an avenue to gauge opinion towards the smooth running of the party.
Those who attended the meeting included Governors Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Atiku
Bagudu of Kebbi state,Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna) and Simon Lalong of Plateau
Others were Governors; Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state,
Yahaya Bello of Kogi state and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.
The deputy governors of Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger and Borno
represented their governors.