The All Progressives Congress (APC) has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission informing INEC of its intention to conduct its zonal congress on March 26, 2022.
The APC further informed the commission that the earlier convention slated for February 26, 2022, may no longer hold.
The decision effectively erases its earlier timetable which fixed the convention for this Saturday.
In the letter signed by the Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni; and the Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, the party informed the commission that this new congress will supersede the earlier letter.
In the letter dated February 21, 2022 marked APC/NHDQ/INEC/019/22/21, the party said it had to hold a zonal congress first in compliance with its constitution.
The letter titled, ‘Notice for the Conduct of Zonal Congress’ read in part, “This notice supersedes our earlier notice for a national convention referenced APC/NHDQ/INEC/019/22/14. This is predicated on the evaluation of our party constitution.”
In the letter, the CECPC said; “This notice supersedes our earlier notice for National Convention referenced APC/NHDQ/INEC/019/22/14 this is predicated on the evaluation of our Party Constitution.
“In furtherance to Article 85 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and compliance with Section 12:6 of our Party Constitution we hereby write to notify the Commission that our great Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled to hold its Zonal Congresses on Saturday 26th March 2022.
“Kindly arrange for your officials to monitor the exercise accordingly.
“While hoping to receive your cooperation, please accept the assurances of our highest esteem”.
Indications also emerged on Monday that the convention might now hold in June.
A top party source who spoke with Vanguard said with the zonal congresses holding on March 26, it would require at least two weeks to resolve issues that would emanate from the exercise.
He added that since the Muslim Ramadan fast will take the whole of April, the only possibility is to conduct the convention between May and June.