Ahead of the elective National Convention of Nigeria’s governing party the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party is working to reach consensus amongst candidates who are more than one running for a particular office.
A member of the convention Screening Subcommittee of the APC Convention Planning Committee, Barrister Aliyu Abdullahi stated this in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja to clarify speculations that the party is compiling a unity list.
The unity list is believed to be a list that has the names of candidates that are favoured by leaders of the party.
He said members of the public should disregard any unity list that may be released.
“We discussed this at the convention planning committee meeting yesterday with the chairman of the committee, Governor Babdaru. We don’t have a unity list in APC, if you see any unity list purported to have come from APC Convention, disregard it in totality but what we do have in the APC is that we are trying to see what are the positions that they could be consensus.
“If we have consensus in some positions we will vote by affirmation which is in our constitution, we are allowed to do that. Affirmation means a voices vote will be taken, yes or no.
“The twenty positions that are unopposed, their voting will be by affirmation.
“For those offices being contested, our leaders will reach out; who are those that think they can step down for someone. But it is not compulsory, nobody will force, that’s the difference between us and other parties or having a unity list. We will not force candidates to step down for others but we can appeal but is that doesn’t happen, everybody will go to election and test their popularity” Abdullahi said.
He added that the various committees are ready for the convention.
He further added that the screening committee disqualified 19 candidates that were vying for national offices at the forthcoming convention.
“Total number of people that submitted their forms were 187, the total number we saw were and screened were 179, now out of that 6 were absent and 19 screened out”
He explained that they disqualified this 19 candidates based on either age, educational qualification or the fact that they didn’t get sufficient number of nominations from all the states and the FCT.
He said the number of screened candidates is not sacrosanct because the appeal committee under Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha is working and may decide to return some of the disqualified candidates.