APC Convention: 42 positions to be contested, 20 unopposed

Aanya Igomu, Abuja

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Forty two National Positions of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC are to be contested at the party’s forthcoming National Convention slated for June 23.

Also Twenty National positions are unopposed.

A member of the APC Convention Planning Committee, Mrs Abike Dabiri stated this while speaking to journalists after the various subcommittees of the convention committee met to assess the level of preparedness for the convention.

Mrs Dabiri also dismissed the speculation that the party is drawing up a unity list ahead of the convention.

“The meeting today is about getting set for the convention which is going ahead as scheduled and is taking place at Eagles square Abuja. 

“Screening has been done; there are twenty positions that are unopposed, so there are 42 position to be contested. Some people were disqualified. For example, if you are 40 years and going for national youth leader, you know you will be disqualified or you don’t have requisite educational qualification.

“The bottom line is that this convention is going ahead. And we hear of the existence of a unity list. This is not true, there is no unity list. But of course consensus is allowed, affirmation is allowed. And of course as I said, some people are running unopposed. There’s no such list as Unity list, if you see any list it is a fake list.

“The election will be will be free, fair and credible,” she said.

She also said an Appeal Committee is handling the complaints of those that were disqualified at the screening.

Mrs Dabiri further explained that talks are ongoing among contestants, not failing to add that there is still possibility of some of the candidates stepping down for others in line with the constitution of the party.

Omolayo.A