National Convention: Campaign team backs APC on budget committee


The Saliu Mustapha Campaign Organisation has lauded the resolution of the All Progressives (APC) Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to set up a budget sub-committee ahead of the party’s national convention.

This is contained in a statement by Dapo Okubanjo, head of the organisation’s Media and Strategic Unit.

The organisation said the decision of the APC CECPC was a good development.

Mr Mustapha is one of the frontline national chairmanship aspirants of the APC.

According to Mr Okubanjo, setting up the committees showed that Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC CECPC was committed to its mandate by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on June 25, 2020.

“We see the move as a sign that the CECPC is prepared to ignore calls to defer the convention and work in line with the position of the majority of party stakeholders who are already bracing up for February 2022,” the statement said.

The campaign organisation added that it was “looking forward to the committee naming the members of the budget sub-committee and of other structures in order for them to begin work in earnest, and set a definite date for the convention.”

Mr Okubanjo advised the Buni-led committee to go a step further to prove their critics wrong by releasing the guidelines for the convention and setting up other sub-committees as soon as possible.

“This will go a long way in laying to rest all sorts of suggestions about the intentions of the interim party executives,” he said.

He also urged the APC CECPC to reject any proposals or suggestions that were at variance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s clear position on the forthcoming national convention.

Mr Buhari had approved February 2022 for the conduct of the APC national convention.

The New National Working Committee (NWC) members are expected to be elected to pilot the party’s affairs at the national convention.

James Akpankudohede, APC national secretary, had earlier announced the resolution of the committee to set up a budget sub-committee and other structures preparatory to the party’s national convention.


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