APC: Outrage as nPDP members’ names excluded from convention committee lists

There was a mild drama at the venue of sub-committee meeting of National convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday following the removal of names of nPDP members.

The convention committee, being headed by Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru had 12 chairmen and 240 members.

It was learnt that some names which had earlier been published included some names of members of defunct new PDP before it was later substituted.

Meanwhile, members of the group, however, took their protests to the venue of sub-committee meeting which held at Treasure Suites in Maitama, Abuja.

One of the protesting APC chieftains who pleaded anonymity told newsmen that, “we were told that the wife of the President sent in about 50 names to be replaced from the original list.”

Other people who were ready to fight the accreditation committee members were APC staff members who said they were not carried along in the process leading to national convention.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the inauguration, the convention committee chairman and governor of Jigawa state, Abubakar Badaru, confided in newsmen that some of his committee members suggested that the convention be held on the 23rd of June.

He said, “It was suggested today that we should have the convention on 23rd of June but we will have to discuss it with the National secretariat to confirm the date.”

Badaru also denied the media report that his committee was planning to spend about N6 billion on the forthcoming exercise, adding that “we are raising it among the party members and they have started donating.

“I’m very sure it very far less than that. Tomorrow, we are getting all the budgets from all the sub-committees but I can assure you that it far less. Knowing me and knowing what I stand for, you will know that it will be the cheapest convention ever.

When asked whether he was worried about the recent parallel congresses witnessed in many state of the federation, the governor said, “I’m sure they will be resolved before the time of the convention. Most of those issues will find way to be resolved in due time.”

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